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Injury Prevention for Infants and Children Family Members

  • By: Julie K. Philbrook
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 14 and under, takes more lives than disease, violence, and suicide. Prevention is the cure. By taking a few precautions, almost all of these injuries are avoidable. The causes of injury are varied, and the risks change as a child develops. The purpose of this discussion is to explore the most common causes of childhood injuries and identify interventions that will keep children safe while they are at home, at play, and on the way (during travel).

Safety at Home

There are many safety hazards in homes that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. These hazards include stairs, furniture, open windows, and even baby equipment when ...

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