What school children need to learn about injury prevention.
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What school children need to learn about injury prevention.

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      Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and a major cause of morbidity among school age children. A survey of the educational needs concerning injury prevention of a group of fifth and sixth grade children (ages 10-12) in Holliston, MA, revealed educational deficiencies, including bicycle safety, seatbelt use, firearms use, and water safety. It is well known that the use of helmets can prevent bicycle injuries. Yet, not one of the children in this study reported using a bicycle helmet. Although most States have laws requiring seatbelts for young children, school age children are not covered by this legislation. The hazards of firearms have been well-documented. But it is clear that the children surveyed were in need of education about firearms; nearly half had used some form of firearms. Individual counseling by pediatricians combined with school- and community-based programs can address injury prevention. It is anticipated that many pediatricians will begin using the questionnaire for school age children as that component of the American Academy of Pediatrics Injury Prevention Program is introduced.
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