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What causes pediatric injury?

The most common causes of pediatric injury are1,2,3:

  • 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
    • Drowning is the most common cause of death from injury in children ages 1 to 4.
    • Three children die every day from drowning.
  • Poisoning
    • 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.
  • Burns
    • 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
    • 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.
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