Unintentional injury, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, and cuts, is a major risk to children's health and the leading cause of death for children over age 1. Parents of children aged 5 years and younger were asked if their child had required medical attention for an accidental injury over the past year. Overall, 10.4 percent of young children had had an injury that required medical attention.
Boys may be more likely to experience serious injury than girls: 11.8 percent of boys aged 0-5 years had an injury requiring medical attention, compared to 8.9 percent of girls in this age group.
Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) may be especially likely to experience injuries requiring medical care. Of CSHCN aged 0-5 years, 18.3 percent had an injury requiring medical attention, compared to 9.4 percent of children without special health care needs.
Parents were also asked in which physical location the child was injured; parents could select more than one location if the child was injured multiple times. The most common location cited by parents was in the home (64.2 percent). Child care was identified by 10.6 percent of parents whose children were injured and 27.2 percent indicated that the injury occurred at another place.