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Injury prevention

Most injuries sustained by children and youth are both predictable and preventable. Despite this, injuries are the leading cause of death among children 1 to 14 years of age in Canada and are major causes of morbidity and disability.

News

Practice Tools & Guidelines

  • Position statements from the CPS Injury Prevention Committee and Healthy Active Living and Sports Medicine Committee.
  • Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program: Studies on head injury secondary to suspected child maltreatment and lap-belt syndrome and survey questions on baby products injury and magnetic toys.

Advocacy tools

  • Are We Doing Enough? The CPS status report on public policy and child and youth health rates government legislation to prevent injuries and save lives in areas including: bike helmets, off-road vehicle safety and booster seats. 

Information for sharing with parents and caregivers

  • Caring for Kids: Printable fact sheets for parents and teens on topics such as trampolines, ATVs, car seats and water, winter and sun safety.
  • Poster: Printable poster about the importance of anticipating injury at play, in the home and on the move to put up in the waiting room, clinic, or hospital. Email info@cps.ca to receive a printed copy of the poster. 
  • Keep your baby safe: A bilingual brochure for parents and teens. Brochures are also available on playground safety.
  • Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care, 3rd edition - Revised (2015), provides information and best practices for child care centres, including checklists, tools and resources related to safety and injury prevention.
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society Guide to Caring for your Child from Birth to Age Five (2009), offers important advice to prevent injuries in the early years, with child proofing tips and information on common injuries and first-aid.

Sources and resources

Last updated: Jun 6 2017