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Pediatr Rev. 2015 Feb;36(2):43-50; quiz 51. doi: 10.1542/pir.36-2-43.

Preventing gun injuries in children.

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Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR.


Firearms are involved in the injury and death of a large number of children each year from both intentional and unintentional causes. Gun ownership in homes with children is common, and pediatricians should incorporate evidence-based means to discuss firearms and protect children from gun-related injuries and violence. Safe storage of guns, including unloaded guns locked and stored separately from ammunition, can decrease risks to children, and effective tools are available that pediatricians can use in clinical settings to help decrease children's access to firearms. Furthermore, several community-based interventions led by pediatricians have effectively reduced firearm-related injury risks to children. Educational programs that focus on children's behavior around guns have not proven effective.

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