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A recent report reminds us, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for kids fourteen and younger. A University of California study gets more specific about it, pointing out the greatest threats to children from one year to the next.

At 14 1/2 months old, Sam Cohen is at a dangerous age.

Sam's mom, Terri Cohen says, "He'll stand up on things, he's a climber, and he likes to do things that are dangerous. And when I say, 'No!' he just cracks up."

A recent study in the journal "Pediatrics" finds 15 to 17 month olds are injured more often than any other children under the age of 15.

The study shows:
· From zero to eight months babies are most prone to falls.
· Months nine to eleven, getting something stuck in their throats.
· Up to age one and a half, they're likely to get burned from hot liquids or vapors.
· From 18 to 35 months, poisoning is the biggest threat.

This information reinforces how important it is to supervise your children. Know where they are, what they are doing and do not underestimate what your kids can do. Be proactive.

Cohen says, "We lock up stuff that will kill him. We have the cleaning stuff locked up in a cabinet. We have the gates up and we have all the electric sockets plugged."

A safe environment, supervision, education, and discipline are four things that can reduce injuries in children.

For more information on children's health, click here.


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