Today’s parents get made fun of for hovering around their kids, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says that those five-point harnesses and those bike helmets are keeping this generation of kids safer.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week showing that while accidental injuries remain the leading cause of death for children from 0 to 19 years old, the death rate for children from accidents has dropped nearly 30 percent in the last decade.”
“In the wake of those better car seats and new laws slowing the rate at which teenage drivers take the wheel unsupervised, there has been a 41 percent drop in traffic fatalities. Deaths from drowning, falls and fires are down as well, while suffocation rates, especially for infants, are up, suggesting a need to return to the basics of infant sleep: on their backs, on firm surfaces, away from soft bedding.”
“Hovering isn’t the goal, but keeping children safe is. Car seats work only if they’re buckled, and helmets work only if they’re worn: even with dramatic improvements, more than 9,000 families lost a child to a preventable injury in 2009. Parents don’t really want to keep their children in bubble wrap (or maybe they do, but the suffocation risk looms). We want to keep all the fun in childhood, but with a whole lot less mortal danger. And no matter how much our own parents tease, we’re going to do everything we can to see how low those numbers can go.”
So what do you think: Are the helmets, the car seats, the hovering worth it if you can lower children’s death rates from accidents by 30 percent?