Childhood is Risky Business
The years of first steps, birthday bikes, swimming lessons, and after-school soccer are also the years of bumps, bruises, broken bones and worse. Children are at special risk for injury for many reasons. They don’t recognize danger. They are naturally curious. They are less likely to have the skills they need to escape from dangerous situations. Their bodies are fragile and more likely to be seriously injured.Young children are not able to keep themselves safe. Their safety is the responsibility of their caregivers. Be sure everyone who cares for your young child knows and practices good safety habits, and has the energy and patience required to protect your child from danger.
Facts Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Injuries
- Childhood injuries are too frequent and too serious. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 14 and younger.
- The youngest children are at the greatest risk. Children ages 4 and younger are at increased risk of serious injury. They account for almost half of all deaths from unintentional injuries.
- Boys are at greater risk than girls. At every age, males are at greater risk of serious injury and injury-related death than females.
- Temperament affects risk. Children who are impulsive, have a high activity level and poor internal controls are at increased risk of unintentional injury; children who are attracted to “risk-taking” activities have the highest rate of serious injury.
- Almost all injuries are preventable. As many as 90 percent of unintentional injuries are preventable.
Injuries are Not Accidents
Accidents happen by chance. They can’t be predicted. They can’t be prevented.
Injuries are not accidents. They can be predicted. They can be prevented.
Knowing and using good safety habits can prevent most unintentional injuries.
When your child begins to get interested in sports, remember to ask your doctor which sports are right for your child.
Be sure your child wears all the protective equipment made for the sport, such as shin pads, mouth guards, wrist guards, eye protection or helmets.
Ask your child's coach to help you select protective equipment as well.