Child Injury Facts and Statistics the WHO Wants You to Know about Child Injuries

23 September 2013

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Category: Child Injury

child injuryThe World Health Organization provides information regarding child injury statistics. Here are some child injury facts that you may not be aware of.

Type and Number of Injuries

About 90 percent of injuries to children are accidental. These types of injuries result in about 830,000 children deaths each year. However, 1,000 of these children could be saved if there was worldwide application of proven injury prevention measures.

Causes of Injuries

The most common causes of these types of injuries include traffic accidents, drowning, falls, poisoning and burns.

  • Traffic accidents: Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 10 to 19. However, some of these deaths can be prevented through the use of seat belts, child restraints, pedestrian lanes, speed limits, anti- DUI laws and graduated driver licensing programs.

  • Falls: Falls make up about 50 percent of the emergency room visits by children. 130 children die every year due to falls. Using fitted window guards, special children’s products and playground equipment that meet federal safety standards can help prevent some of these accidents.

  • Burns: Throughout the world, 260 children die due to serious burns every day. Other burns result in permanent disabilities. Some preventative measures include smoke alarms, hot-water temperature regulators and access to burn centers.

  • Drowning: Drowning is the number one cause of death for children in multiple Asian countries. Every day, 480 children die from drowning. Some measures that prevent drownings include using life jackets, requiring fences around swimming pools and covering water hazards.

  • Poisoning: Approximately 125 children die every day from poisoning, and poison control centers get thousands of calls regarding accidental poisoning every day. Ways to prevent these accidents include safely storing toxic substances, using child-resistant packaging of products that are dangerous for children, providing access to poison control centers and dispensing medicine in non-lethal quantities.

  • Poverty: Children who live in poorer communities are more susceptible to injuries than other individuals because they are more likely to reside in hazardous areas and they may lack areas to safely play.

Prevention

Certain steps have statistically been more effective at preventing child injury deaths, including:

  • Enforcement of safety laws

  • Modifying products with gaps

  • Requiring changes in children’s environment

  • Providing child-oriented emergency care

  • Establishing public service campaigns regarding injury prevention

Safety Rights

Every child has a right to a safe environment, and children’s lives can be saved by focusing on their safety.

Let Us Put Our Experienced Injury Attorneys to Work for You

A Florida child injury lawyer may be able to help if your child was injured. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free consultation.