Injuries are the leading cause of death for children in Alberta and a leading cause of hospitalization. The following information provides an overview of risk factors associated with injuries in children. Please refer to each mechanism of injury for specific prevention information.
- Injury is the leading cause of child and youth deaths.
- Motor vehicle collisions were the leading cause of child and youth (1 and 19 years of age) injury deaths.
- Suffocation/choking/foreign body was the leading cause of death for infants less than 1 year of age.
- Falls were the leading cause of injury hospital admissions for children less than 10 years of age.
- Falls were the leading cause of injury emergency department visits for children less than 10 years of age.
- In Alberta, in 2010 there were 135 deaths, 6,201 hospital admissions and 139,250 emergency department visits of child and youth due to injury.