The Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children – 2018
Why is child death prevention important? Ensuring child safety is critical to help reduce the risk of injury and death for infants, children, and adolescents. Each year in Nevada, over 100 children die from preventable causes of death. Different age groups of children and adolescents are at risk for different types of death. Infants and young children are at greater risk of accidental asphyxia deaths, which often result from unsafe sleeping environments and parents sharing a bed with their children. Sadly, they are also at greater risk of homicide by abuse and neglect. Adolescents are at greater risk of motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and drug overdoses. All age groups are at risk of drowning, especially children between ages one and four.