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The NICHD, through its Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), formerly the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research (DESPR), is a leader in population health research. Research conducted by the Division that is specifically concerned with pediatric injury includes studies about young novice drivers and adolescent problem behavior such as drug/substance use. In the Division of Extramural Research, the Child Development and Behavior Branch and the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch (PTCIB) also support research relevant to pediatric injury, sexual violence, bullying, and other related topics. The PTCIB leads a federal interagency effort to study teen dating violence.
Parents and children can take a number of steps to prevent injuries to children from the leading causes:
Visit the CDC's Safe Child website for more information about creating safe environments for children and preventing injuries.
Although the NICHD conducts and supports research on pediatric injury, its treatments, and its long-term outcomes, the Institute is not the primary federal source of information for non-researchers on injury statistics and information on preventing pediatric injuries. The CDC and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provide a range of information for parents, caregivers, and families about ways to prevent childhood injury, safety recommendations, and product warnings and recalls. For more information, visit:
Parents can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and reduce the risk of injury by taking the following steps:
Find more detailed information about creating a safe infant sleep environment at the NICHD's SIDS health topic page.
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