What causes pediatric injury?
- Motor vehicle accidents
In children ages 5 to 19:
- Injuries from motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of death from injury.
- Every hour, almost 150 children visit emergency departments due to serious injuries from motor vehicle accidents.
- Suffocation (being unable to breathe)
- Infants are most likely to suffocate while they sleep.
- Toddlers are most at risk from suffocating by choking on food or other small objects.
- Drowning is the most common cause of death from injury in children ages 1 to 4.
- Three children die every day from drowning.
- Two children die every day from poisoning.
- Each day, more than 300 children ages 0 to 19 in the United States go to emergency departments because of poisoning.
- Common sources of poisoning include household chemicals, cleaners, and medicines.
- Two children die every day from being burned.
- Each day, more than 300 children ages 0 to 19 arrive in emergency departments to be treated for burns.
- Younger children are more likely to be burned by hot liquids or steam.
- Older children are more likely to be burned from direct contact with fire.
- Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for children ages 0 to 19.
- Each day, about 8,000 children visit emergency departments due to injuries from falls.