As part of the funding from CDC, the IDPH Injury and Violence Prevention Program will release a variety of special emphasis reports.  Recently they released reports on older adult falls and on traumatic brain injury.  Now, they are sharing their third report, entitled Illinois – Special Emphasis Report: Infant and Early Childhood Injury, 2014. The 6-page report shares data about injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency visits for Illinois children from birth to five years old.   

Quick Facts

Childhood (ages 0 to 5) Injury in Illinois

o   More males than females die from injuries (58.9% vs. 41.1%)

o   More males than females are hospitalized from injuries (56.7% vs. 43.3%)

o   More males than females visit the ED from injuries (56.5% vs. 43.5%)

o   Among children under five years, 56.1 percent of early childhood death occurs in infants less than one year.

o   Among children under five years, nearly a third (29.0%) of early childhood hospitalizations occur in infants less than one year.

Injury Deaths in Infants

o   Suffocation in bed is the leading cause of death in infants under one year of age. Half (54.8%) of all injury deaths in infants are from suffocation in bed.

o   The intentional injury of assault/abuse is the second leading cause (16.2%) of death in infants.

o   The third leading cause (14.7%) of death is unintentional suffocation in unspecified or other places (beside bed).

Injury Deaths in Young Children

o   Assault/Abuse is the leading cause of death in young children ages one to five years. A quarter (26.5%) of all injury deaths in young children are from assault/abuse.

o   The second leading cause of death among children is drowning/submersion (16.3%) followed by all other unintentional causes (14.4%).

 

You also can find the document under the “Publications” section of the IDPH Injury and Violence Prevention webpage.