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Actual vs. Perceived Risks Of Growing Up

ACȚIIAL vs. PERCEIVED RISKS atlA OF GROWING UP Between injuries, cavities and online predators, is the world as dangerous for kids as they say? TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 Infancy Children in their 1st year Early Childhood Children 1-4 years old Middle Childhood Children, 5-9 years old Early Adolescents 10-13 years old Teenagers Adolescents 14-18 years old 1. INFANT MORTALITY 1. DEATH 1. DEATH 1. DEATH 2. COMBINED VACCINES 2. AUTISM 2. ACCIDENTAL FALLS 2. INJURY 3. SIDS 3. CHICKEN POX GUNS 3. GUNS 4. BIRTH DEFECTS 4. FLU 4. POISONING 4. SMOKING 5. INJURIES 5. CAR ACCIDENTS 5. CAR ACCIDENTS 5. DRINKING RISK (N.) THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSS OR INJURY. INFANCY Babies in the 1st Year of Life 1. INFANT MORTALITY Since 2000, the infant mortality rate in the US is about 6 deaths per 1,000 babies born. About 2/3 of infant deaths UNDERPLAYED occur in the first month after birth and BALANCED are due to health problems such as birth defects or preterm delivery. OVERBLO WN BALANCED 2. COMBINED VACCINES ALL KIDS Many people overestimate the risk of vaccines, fearing a connection with autism and other developmental dis- eases. However scientific studies have rejected any connections between com- bined vaccines and autism. Children and Kids, 1-18 years old OVERBLOWN 3. SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the leading causes of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the US. Studies have found a higher incidence of SIDS among babies placed on their stomachs to sleep than among those sleeping sides, which is now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since this recommendation, the rate of SIDS has dropped by over 50%. 1. SINGLE PARENTS 25% or 19 million US kids are children of single parents. Almost 6 in 10 of them who live only with their moms are near or below the poverty line. The odds that a child of the same age living with a single parent is unhappy or depressed are 1 in 17, twice as high as that for children living with both parents. their backs or OVERBLOWN 4. BIRTH DEFECTS Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities are the #1 cause of death in kids younger than 1 year. There are 150,000 babies born with birth defects each year in the US according to the March of Dimes. There are more than 4,000 different known birth defects and 3 out of every 100 babies born in the United States have some kind of major birth defect. 100 babies born in the United States have some kind of major birth defect. UNDERPLAYED UNDERPLAYED 2. DIVORCE In the US, 49% of marriages end in divorce. Children from divorced fami- lies are more likely to have academic problems, be aggressive, get in trouble, have low self-esteem and feel depressed. 5. INJURIES In a recent study of infant injuries at an ER, falls accounted for 61%. 61% UNDERPLAYED of infant injuries are from falls Infant Injuries: 37.9% were falls from furniture; 17.5% were general falls; 15.2% were falls from being dropped by an adult; 12% were car seat falls; 10.4% were falls down stairs; and 6.9% were infant walk- ing falls. 6.9% 10.4% 37.9% 12% 15.2% EARLY CHILDHOOD Children, 1-4 years old 17.5% BALANCED 1. DEATH Unintentional injuries is the #1 cause of death in kids 1-4. Each year more chil- dren between 1-4 die from uninten- tional injuries than from all childhood diseases combined. An overwhelming majority of these fatalities occur in the home. 3. KIDNAPPING Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in America, for a total of over 2,000 missing kids per day. Half of these are 4 to 11 years old. Of the 800,000 children reported missing annually, 8.5% or about 69,000 are abducted. 82% of these are taken by a family member, with most abduc- tions occuring within a quarter of a mile from the victim's home. UNDERPLAYED 2. AUTISM The odds a child aged 4 has autism are 1 in 150. UNDERPLAYED 3. CHICKENPOX This is a common, mild, non-life threat- ening viral infection in children which is much more severe and sometimes even fatal in adults who are more than 20 times more likely to die from the dis- ease. However, 81% of children aged 19-35 months are vaccinated for chick- enpox annually in the US, which may lead to higher incidences of cases of adult chickenpox and shingles. UNDERPLAYED OVERBLOWN 4. FLU Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications. While children are more likely than adults to catch the flu, the odds that a child aged 1-4 years will die from influ- enza are very low, just 1 in 850,000. 4. GETTING LOST 7 out of 10 kids get lost at least once in their lives, 45% of the time in malls and stores. 27% of families that visit an amusement park lose a child while they are there. 95% of lost kids will forever remember the trauma of get- ting lost. OVERBLOWN 5. CAR ACCIDENTS The odds a child 1 - 4 will die in a transportation accident in a year are 1 in 23,890. BALANCED 6. FALLING Kids will fall a lot as they learn to walk, climb and run. In fact, 38% of emer- gency room visits for this age group are from falls. The chance that a child this age will die from an accidental fall in a year is low though: only 1 in 378,000. UNDERPLAYED OVERBLOWN 7. TOY RELATED INJURIES The odds of a child younger than 5 visiting an emergency department for a toy-related injury in a year are 1 in 260. It's less likely that the accident involved nursery equipment: 1 in 330. 5. AUTISM The odds of a child being diagnosed with autism are 1 in 150. UNDERPLAYED 8. EAR INJURIES Foreign bodies in the ear canal are found most often in children between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Some com- monly found items include food, insects, toys, buttons, pieces of crayon and small batteries. UNDERPLAYED BALANCED 9. CAVITIES The odds a child 2-11 has cavities in his or her primary teeth are 1 in 2, which is the same odds that a child that age eats sweets or sugar at least once a day. UNDERPLAYED MIDDLE CHILDHOOD Children, 5-9 years old Early Adolescence, 10-13 years old 6. LEARNING DISABILITY The odds a child 5-17 has a learning disability are 1 in 12. 1. DEATH Unintentional injuries remain the lead- ing cause of death for children ages 5-9. UNDERPLAYED 2. ACCIDENTAL FALLS The odds a child 5 - 9 will die from an accidental fall in a year are 1 in a million. UNDERPLAYED OVERBLOWN 3. GUNS The odds a child 5 - 9 will die from an accidental firearms discharge in a year are 1 in 1.25 million. OVERBLOWN 7. ADHD The three primary characteristics of ADD/ADHD are inattention, hyperactiv- ity, and impulsivity. 11% of boys and 4.8 % of girls aged 3-17 have ever been diagnosed with ADHD 4. POISONING: Each year, approximately 100 children aged 14 and under die as a result of unintentional poisoning. Non- pharmaceutical products such as cos- metics, cleaning substances, plants, foreign bodies and toys, pesticides, art supplies, and alcohol are responsible for 56 % of poisoning exposures for children under 5 years of age. 44% of poison exposures are attributed to medicines. UNDERPLAYED 5. CAR ACCIDENTS The odds a child 5 - 9 will die in a transportation accident in a year are 1 in 27,470. UNDERPLAYED UNDERPLAYED 6. INJURY In 2005-6, emergency room visits for falls accounted for 27% of initial injury visits at a rate of 28 per 1,000 children ages 5–14. The rate for being struck by or against an object or person was 20 per 1000, of which 28% of these were sports-related. 8. ASTHMA Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the US. Currently, 9.4 % of America's kids have asthma. Of those, 3 children out of 5 have ongoing asthma symptoms UNDERPLAYED 7. TOY AND PLAYGROUND INJURIES The odds a child under 15 will visit the ER because of a toy related injury are 1 in 376, only a little bit higher than acci- dents involving playground equipment (1 in 300). UNDERPLAYED UNDERPLAYED 8. OBESITY In 2005-2006, 15% of children ages 6-11 were overweight. 15 UNDERPLAYED 6-11 Year Olds 9. SPORTS INJURIES Approximately 3 million children aged 14 and under get hurt annually playing sports or engaged in recreational activities. Almost 1/3 of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports- related, with sprains and strains being the most common types. About 20% of children and adolescents who play sports are injured each year with 1 in 4 injuries is considered serious. The most dangerous sports for boys are soccer, football, wrestling, while gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer are most dangerous for girls. TEENAGERS Adolescents, 14-18 years old 1. DEATH Compared with younger children, ado- lescents aged 15-19 have much higher mortality rates overall. In 2006, the death rate for adolescents ages 15-19 was 64 per 100,000. BALANCED 2. INJURY Nearly 80% of adolescent deaths occur from injuries (50 per 100,000). Motor vehicle traffic and firearm injuries accounted for 71% of adolescent injury deaths in 2006. UNDERPLAYED 3. GUNS In 2006, the firearm death rate was 13 per 100,000 adolescents, an increase from 2005. UNDERPLAYED BALANCED 4. SMOKING It is estimated that more than 6 million of today's underage smokers will die of tobacco-related illnesses 3% of 8th- 10. VITAMIN D 70% of American children are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency in chil- dren can lead to rickets, a condition that auses softening of the bones. 30 Min- utes of sun daily is recommended. grade students, 6% of 10th-grade stu- dents, and 11% of 12th-grade students reported smoking cigarettes daily in the past 30 days. OVERBLOWN 5. DRINKING 3 out of every 4 students have con- sumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school. How- ever, heavy drinking has declined sig- nificantly from recent peaks, down to 8% for 8th-grade students, 16% for 10th-grade students, and 25% for 12th-grade students. UNDERPLAYED OVERBLOWN 1 out of 3 kids are bullied 6. BULLYING One in three students aged 12-18 will be bullied at school during the school year. Each month, 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools. California, New York and Illinois are the three worst states for bullying, both mentally and physically. 11. FOOD ALLERGIES 4 out of 100 kids under the age of 18 has food allergies; that's about 3 million children in the US. This number has risen 18% in the past 10 years. The most common allergens are cow's milk, eggs, soy beans, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts. BALANCED Obullied 6% 18% 7. OBESITY 18% of adolescents ages 12-17 were overweight. This number has been sharply increasing since 1980, when the number was just 6%. 1980's The number of obese children ages 12-17 have tripled since the 80s UNDERPLAYED NOW 8. BONES AND CALCIUM UNDERPLAYED Across the country, doctors are report- ing a steady increase in the number of children arm fractures accounting for 40% to 50% of all childhood fractures. Accord- ing to the U.S. Department of Agricul- ture, 86% of teenage girls and 64% of teenage boys are "calcium deficient." Calcium is effective at building bones but only until the age of 20; four 8-ounce glasses of milk a day is the recommended amount for growing bodies. brok bones, with fore- 12. SUN BURN Sun damage in childhood is one of the biggest contributors to skin cancer in adults. Not only is children's skin more vulnerable to UNDERPLAYED damage by the sun's rays, but people on average get 80% of our lifetime sun exposure by age 18. 9. INTERNET Older teens and girls especially use the Internet for social interaction, meeting friends, and networking. When teens receive messages online from someone they don't know, 40% reported that they'll usually reply and chat with that person, 30% have considered meeting someone that they've only talked to online and 14% have actually met a person face-to-face they they've only spoken to online. 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