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Quick spot quiz.  You ready?  What is the leading cause of death in children and teenagers in the United States?  The answer: Accidents and injuries.  The leading cause of unintentional deaths are drowning, poisoning, suffocation, motor vehicle accidents, and bicycle injuries, in no particular order.  I'm not bringing this up to say our children need to be placed in bubble wrap, but there are common sense steps to take.  Here are the three biggest steps you can start with based on the American Academy of Family Physicians Journal.  To prevent sudden infant death syndrome, newborns should be placed on their backs to sleep.  To prevent motor vehicle injuries to children, they should all be placed in child restraint seats.  To prevent drownings, swimming pools should be surrounded by fencing and basically covers should be placed on the pools throughout the winter. 

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP