Data gathered between 2000 and 2006 on the number of children experiencing injuries (nonfatal and fatal) indicate the following1:
- Each year, among children below the age of 19, more than 9.2 million were treated for nonfatal injuries in emergency departments.
- Males had higher rates of nonfatal injuries than females did.
- The leading cause of nonfatal injuries in all age groups younger than age 15 was falls.
- The next leading causes of nonfatal injuries in the following age groups were:
- Ages 0 to 9: Being struck by or against an object and animal bites or insect stings
- Ages 10 to 14: Being struck by or against an object and overexertion
- Ages 15 to 19: Being struck by or against an object, falls, and motor vehicle accidents.
- Pediatric injury is the leading cause of death in children below the age of 19 in the United States.
- Each year between 2000 and 2005, more than 12,000 children died from injuries. Males had almost two times the rate of death from injuries that females had.
- The leading cause of fatal injuries was injuries to passengers in motor vehicle accidents.
- The leading causes of fatal injuries in the following age groups were:
- Less than 1 year of age: Suffocation
- Ages 1 to 4: Drowning
- Ages 5 to 19: Motor vehicle accidents
- Fatal injury rates were highest for American Indian and Alaska Natives and were lowest for Asian or Pacific Islanders; rates for whites and African Americans were about the same.
These numbers understate the total number of injuries because the primary source of information on pediatric injury is emergency departments. Many injuries are treated in physician’s offices and other outpatient clinical sites.
Although the NICHD conducts and supports research on pediatric injury, its treatments, and its long-term outcomes, the Institute is not the primary federal source of information for non-researchers on injury statistics and information on preventing pediatric injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provide a range of information for parents, caregivers, and families about ways to prevent childhood injury, safety recommendations, and product warnings and recalls. For more information, visit:
- Borse, N. N., Gilchrist, J., Dellinger, A. M., Rudd, R. A., Ballesteros, M. F., Sleet, D. A. (2008). CDC childhood injury report: patterns of unintentional injuries among 0-19 year olds in the United States, 2000-2006. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. [top]