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10 facts on injuries to children

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Prevention

Many developed countries have reduced their child injury deaths by up to 50% over the past three decades by:

  • enforcing safety laws such as requiring child-resistant closures for medicines or poisons;
  • modifying products like stairway railings, so children will not try to squeeze through or get stuck in the gaps;
  • requiring environmental changes, such as fencing around pools;
  • conducting public awareness campaigns about injury prevention; and
  • providing better, child-oriented emergency care.

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