Pediatric Injury

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among U.S. children. Injuries in children can range from mild, which may not require a healthcare provider visit or treatment, to severe, life-threatening, or fatal.

Severe or life-threatening pediatric injury is sometimes called pediatric trauma and can result from a variety of unintentional and intentional causes, such as vehicle accidents, falls, poisoning, drowning, and suffocation.

NICHD supports research on pediatric injury within a continuum of care, from prevention to intervention, treatment, and care as well as recovery and psychological support.

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