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Am Fam Physician. 2006 Dec 1;74(11):1864-9.

Prevention of unintentional childhood injuries.

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University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia, Missouri 65211, USA. schnitzerp@health.missouri.edu

Abstract

Injuries are the leading cause of death in children and teenagers in the United States. The leading causes of unintentional injury vary by age and include drowning, poisoning, suffocation, fires, burns, falls, and motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian-related crashes. Most injuries are preventable by modifying the child's environment (e.g., use of stair gates) and having parents engage in safety practices (e.g., keeping matches or lighters out of reach of children). Effective injury prevention methods include the use of childproof caps on medications and household poisons, age-appropriate restraints in motor vehicles (i.e., car seats, booster seats, seat belts), bicycle helmets, and a four-sided fence with a locked gate around residential swimming pools.

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17168342
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