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Another eye opener! Do you know what the #1 cause of death for U.S. children and teens in 2020?

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For more than 60 years, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injury-related death among young people.

Guns became the leading cause of death among children and teens in 2020, killing more people ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. than vehicle crashes, drugs overdoses or cancer. Between 2000 and 2020, the number of firearm-related deaths among children, adolescents, and young adults increased from 6998 (7.30 per 100,000 persons) to 10,186 (10.28 per 100,000 persons), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Lee, Douglas and Hemenway, 4/21)

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Gun killings, which disproportionately affect younger Americans, went up by 33 percent from 2019 to 2020. And the sad part is that even though the legal age to purchase guns is 18, most of the children killed by firearms in 2020 were 14 and older.

The number of car-related deaths has dropped dramatically in the U.S. over the last 20 years, due to vehicle safety improvements. Around 3,900 people ages 1 to 19 died from vehicle crashes in 2020.

According to experts, firearm violence will only get worse!
If you don’t like this trend take small actions to safeguard kids from firearms!

Further reading:
https://khn.org/morning-breakout/leading-cause-of-child-and-teen-deaths-guns/
https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/firearms-main-cause-of-death-children-united-states-guns-laws/134166/

Source: Internet, CDC, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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