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Preventing childhood injuries

bike helmetChildhood injuries are common. Thankfully most of these are minor. But every year in New Zealand children are badly injured or die in accidents, some of which could have been prevented.

Some accidents such as traffic accidents are caused by adults, and these could be reduced by driving more slowly. Some injuries could be prevented by planning ahead. For example, having fences or barriers that stop young children being able to get near cars or water. In the pages below, learn what you can do to help prevent your children getting injured.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2016. Last updated August 2019.

See also:

Emergency help

First aid

Medicines for children

Preventing burns

Protect your children from second-hand smoke

Page reference: 102815

Review key: HIPCI-102815