Children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest death rate. Nine of ten bicycling deaths involve collision of the bicyclist with a motor vehicle, and most involve head or neck injury. Male riders have a higher injury and death rate.
Bicyclists, especially child bicyclists, should be separated from motor vehicle traffic whenever and wherever possible.
Choking is most common among children younger than 4 years of age, with the peak occurring in the first year. Round, firm food products (e.g., pieces of hot dog, candy, nuts, raw vegetable, grapes) are the most common airway-blocking agents
in early childhood. Also choked on are small objects like round or pliable toys (e.g., small balls, uninflated balloons), pop tops, safety pins, and coins. Older children and adults usually choke on meat.
Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injury. Falls are an important cause of brain injury. Falls are common at all ages, but peak incidence of medically treated falls is 1 year of age.
Prescription drug abuse and misuse has become a very serious health issue in our community. Drugs are finding there way into our schools and community homes; disrupting lives, creating high risk behavior and putting the health of our patientsat risk. It is time to address this issue head on. I invite you to come to a seminar Monday, November 8th at 5:00 PM in Pippin Hall at The Richland Hospital to talk about things that we can all do to keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands.
Children have a uniquely high risk of being shot. The most common scenario for unintentional shooting is for one child to shoot another at home with a gun kept by the parents, for the family safety. The fact is, a gun in the home is much more likely to kill a family member than an intruder.
Children cannot be trusted to handle a gun safely, even though they quickly acquire the mechanical skill and strength to fire one.