Ensuring child safety is critical to help reduce the risk of injury and death for infants, children and adolescents.
The types of risk vary based on the age group of a child or adolescent.
- Infants and young children are at greater risk of accidental asphyxia deaths, which often result from unsafe sleeping environments and parents co-sleeping with their children. Sadly, they are also at greater risk of homicide by abuse and neglect.
- Adolescents are at greater risk of motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and drug overdoses.
- All age groups are at risk of drowning, especially children between ages one and four.
Resources to prevent accidents and deaths for children and adolescents:
Accidental Overdoses/Over-the-Counter Medications
- FDA Use Caution When Giving Cough and Cold Products to Kids
- Medication Safety Program (CDC)
- The Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids
- Pain in the Drain Medicine Disposal Program
- Proper Medication Disposal
- Substance Abuse (Healthy Children)
- Choking Prevention (Healthy Children)
- Choking Prevention for Children
- Drownings – Protect the Ones You Love (CDC)
- Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives
Road Traffic Injuries
- Car Safety Seats (Healthy Children)
- Child Safety (NHTSA)Child Passenger Safety (NSC)
- Road Traffic Injuries – Protect the Ones You Love (CDC)
- Crib Safety Information (CPSC)
- Help Your Baby Sleep Safely (Healthy Children)
- Reduce the Risk of SIDS (Healthy Children)
- SUID and SIDS: Parents and Caregivers (CDC)
- HEADS UP to Youth Sports (CDC)
- Sports Injuries – Protect the Ones You Love (CDC)
- Sports Injury Prevention Tips (Healthy Children)
Updated on: June 11, 2020