Injury: The Number One Killer of Kids in the US
Fewer children are dying of suffocation and poisoning, but rates of other deadly injuries are on the rise. Here are some ways to keep kids safe
Rare illnesses and horrific school shootings may be newsworthy, but these types of tragedies aren't the major cause of deaths of children in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number 1 killer of kids in this country is injury.
Only two other nations, New Zealand and Mexico, have higher death-by-injury rates for their youngest citizens — children between 0 and 14 — than the United States. What’s more, the U.S. child injury death rate is four times that of countries with the lowest rates.
Of the six types of injuries responsible for children’s deaths between the years 2000 and 2009, only two are on the rise — suffocation and poisoning. There’s been a decrease in the number of kids killed in car accidents, by drowning, by fire or burns and by falls. Still, the most tragic thing about the loss of a young life due to injury is that in many cases it could have been prevented. You’ll find more about child injury deaths as well as smart ways to keep kids safe in the CDC’s infographic shown here.