Injuries are a major source of childhood emergency department and hospital admissions. The most recent accident statistics from the National Safety Council, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and other sources tell us that:
- Injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 2,800 children, ages one to 14 years, that died from an unintentional injury.
- In 2003, nearly 285,600 children ages 14 and under were treated in the U.S. for bicycle-related injuries. Nearly half (47-percent) of children ages 14 and under hospitalized for bicycle-related injuries are diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.
- Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages one to 14. The majority of drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools and in open water sites. However, children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Airway obstruction injury is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among infants under age one.
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