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Unintentional Childhood Injuries

Unintentional Childhood Injuries

By Erik Bondurant Vol . 17, No. 44 / November-December 2009

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Children are
particularly
vulnerable to
unintentional
injuries.

Although unintentional injuries take a toll on people of all ages, children are particularly vulnerable due to their size, level of cognitive development and behavioral patterns.  Unintentional injury, the leading cause of death for children under age 19, results in approximately 12,000 deaths annually.  Nearly 9.2 million children are treated for non-fatal injuries each year, and the estimated annual direct and indirect costs of unintentional childhood injuries total $300 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Some leading causes of unintentional injuries among children are falls, motor vehicle crashes, burns, poisoning and drowning.

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