Posts for tag: death
Drowning Is Leading Cause Of Unintentional Deaths Among Children Between Ages Of One And Four
The Washington Post (7/4) reported, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children between” the ages of one and four. What’s more, “for every child who drowns, another five visit the emergency department for a nonfatal injury associated with submersion.” Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is running “a national public education campaign aimed to reduce child drownings and swimming pool entrapments.” Called Pool Safely, the campaign “was designed to educate parents and children about pool risks – and how to sidestep them without giving up the pursuit of summer fun.”
According to the Washington Post (7/5), Sarah Denny, “lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Prevention of Drowning policy statement,” feels that “parents need to start by honestly acknowledging that drowning is a threat to their children.” Denny said, “If your child has swimming lessons, don’t assume that they’re drown-proof; assume they need supervision.” She added, “Parents must be aware of the risks and take proper precautions,” including knowing that drowning “happens both when children are expected to be around water and when they’re not expected to be around water,” such as when a child sneaks into a pool enclosure. The AAP “recommends four-sided” pool “fencing with a minimum height of four feet and self-closing, self-latching gates” which should be “shut and locked” during non-swim times.
Even though Summer is almost over, it's never too late to be aware!
On June 21st pediatricians were promoting a national campaign from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Brady United entitled Asking Saves Kids. It's never too late to ask this question even after June 21.
Please ASK one question that can change your child’s life when your child plays in your home or over at someone's residence:
"What this is a strong clear message to parents about the importance of vaccination," she told "CBS This Morning." "This vaccine is safe. It is the most effective tool we have. And we know of the pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent were in kids who were unvaccinated."
More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot.30 percentof parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy.28 percentof parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.
This Year’s Flu Season Killed Record Number Of Children.
The Washington Post (6/8) said a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the flu “killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago.” The new figure “exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular season,” according to the Post, which added, “Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse.” Daniel Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza division, explained that the number of deaths “is a record number since we’ve been keeping track, outside of the pandemic” and is considered to be an undercount because it only includes cases confirmed by laboratories listed on death certificates and reported to the CDC.
The AP (6/8) reported, “The past flu season wasn’t a pandemic, but it was long – 19 weeks” – and “also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in nearly every state for weeks on end.”
Newsweek (6/8) reported that according to the CDC, “About 80 percent of the fatalities were among children who hadn’t been vaccinated.”
Let's all hope the flu vaccine picked for next epidemic season will be right on and effective.
Researchers Quantify How Long It Takes For Cars To Reach Killer Temperatures.
TODAY (5/24) reports that researchers have quantified “how long it takes for cars to reach killer temperatures in either the sun or the shade.” Testing six cars of various sizes and makes, researchers found that “left in the sun on a 100-degree day in Arizona, it took just an hour for the interior temperature to hit 116 degrees.” In the shade, “interior temperatures reached 100 degrees after one hour and seats were 105 degrees.” The article points out that heatstroke becomes damaging “when a child’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees.”
HealthDay (5/24) reports that researchers next “modeled how a two-year-old child might fare in such conditions.” The investigators found that just “one hour in a sunny spot or two hours in a shaded vehicle could cause heat injury or even death.” The findings were published online in the journal Temperature.
The Tennessean (5/24) reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics has some recommendations “to minimize child deaths in hot cars,” including never leaving a “small child alone in a car under any circumstances,” not even for a moment, and not even when the car’s air conditioning is running.