And no, it’s not childhood cancer.
The biggest threat of childhood is unintentional injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9.2 million people ages 0-19 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.
There’s a lot we can do to prevent accidents and injuries.
Keeping Childhood Alive by Saying No to One Injury at a Time
There are 6,570 days of childhood. And Akron Children’s Hospital is committed to helping children and families get the most out of each and every one of those days. As the newest part of its advertising campaign, More childhood, please ®, the hospital is utilizing dozens of its injury prevention programs and teaming up with organizations across the region to keep kids safe. Initiatives include:
- Bike Safety – Providing bicycle safety programming and tips to help kids avoid unintentional injuries whether they’re on a bike path or at home in the driveway
- Safe Sleep – Helping kids sleep safely with expert advice from pediatricians and various safe sleep programs in your community
- Water Safety – Keeping kids safe when they’re in and around water, from puddles to pools
- Car Seat Safety – Giving parents the instructions and resources on car seat safety, plus community programs – from choosing the right car seat to correctly installing it
Making Childhood Easier for Parents to Handle
Growing up can be a scary time for kids and it’s sometimes difficult for parents to talk to their children about the frightening diseases or conditions out there – including unintentional injuries. That’s why the hospital has programs ranging from the Safe Mobility Project to Concussion Awareness and more, to make it easier for parents to be aware of those injuries that could happen to their kids, and to help them stay safe. It’s all part of Akron Children’s commitment to help each child and their family savor everything childhood brings, even if it means dealing the scary stuff.
Support More Childhood, Please
Want to delve deeper into More childhood, please? Check out akronchildrens.org/morechildhoodplease to join in our effort to kick childhood monsters to the curb. Also, make sure to follow the hospital on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and be sure to share your kid’s precious childhood moments using #MoreChildhoodPlease.