Accidental death rate for children lowers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 11:48am

WACO -- In the United States one child dies every hour from an unintentional injury but according to the Centers for Disease Control that rate is decreasing.

Between 2000 and 2009 the death rate from accidental injuries dropped nearly 30 percent.

"There's all kinds of messages out there for parents to help you know keep their children safe so I think that's probably what's contributing the most to these rates going down. Just awareness in general of all the different dangers," said Stephanie Alvey, program coordinator for the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council.

But the report also found America is among the worst of all high-income countries with a death rate four times that of countries with the lowest rates.

"People everyday say 'well I grew up without a car seat' and so I think that there's this mentality that if it was good enough for me in the 1950's, its good enough for my kid in the 90's and instead of embracing some of these things that we know save lives like car seats for instance people are resistant to them," said Karen Kemper, pediatrician at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

Even though accidents are declining, things like suffocation and poisoning are on the rise and officials say accidents like those are completely preventable.

"A wearable blanket if you have one or a blanket that's tucked in around the side so they can't get tangled up in it," said Alvey.

"Making sure you have medicine secured do not leave them in the kitchen cabinet or the bathroom cabinet unsecured. Keep them locked up keep them high," said Kemper.

To find out more about local child injury prevention events or prevention tips go to www.hotrac.org

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