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Children and Safety: General Information

What do I need to know to keep my child safe?

Here are some great age-related safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

School-Aged Kids

What are the biggest risks to children?
Risks vary with the child’s age.  The statistics below on unintentional injury deaths are from 2005 data collected by the CDC [1]

If you look at all children, from birth to age 18, the five leading risks for accidental injury deaths are (with number of deaths in 2005):

Which children are at highest risk for accidental injury or death [2]?

For more detail, see Children at Higher Risk for Accidental Injuries, a fact sheet from the National Safe Kids Campaign, and the American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement on preventing injury among American Indian and Alaskan Native children.

How can I get more specific and detailed safety information?

Visit these safety topics on YourChild:
Safe at home:

Recreational Safety:

Safety Out and About:


Other Safety and Injury Prevention Links, Organizations and Resources:

Compiled by Kyla Boyse, R.N.
Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan

Updated October 2009


U-M Health System Related Sites:
U-M Pediatrics
Injury Research Center (UMIRC)

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