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Preventing Common Childhood Injuries

You never know when your baby is going to achieve a milestone: The first time she rolls over might be on the changing table (so keep that safety strap on!). As your baby learns to sit, crawl, stand, and walk, she'll be exposed to new experiences  -- and increased risks. It's essential that knowledge of child development go hand in hand with child safety.

Many injuries occur when parents underestimate their little one's ever-increasing motor abilities and intense curiosity. In fact, a recent analysis of California injury statistics for children under 4 years of age found that at each age, specific developmental milestones influence a child's risk for certain injuries.

One in 10 babies will require emergency care for an injury in the first year of life, and toddlers between 1 and 2 years of age have the highest injury rates in childhood before 15 years of age. The most common injuries are presented below by age group. Of course, all of these injuries could happen at any age, so it's important to take proper precautions no matter how old your child.