IS PEDIATRIC FIREARM MORTALITY GREATER IN CITIES OR RURAL AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES?
Many readers’ first thoughts would be that city youths are at a higher danger to sustain firearm deaths. Well, Michael L. Nance, M.D., et.al. in PEDIATRICS, June 2010, Vol. 125, p. 1112 shows that the firearm mortality rate is statistically the same for urban and rural youths.
When you really think about it, firearms are always potentially lethal devices. Whether used in homicide, suicide, hunting or target practice they can take a life.
In this 8-year study there were 23,649 pediatric firearm deaths from 1999 to 2006 in the United States. The breakdown was:
More importantly, set an example of this.
A firearm in a household demands extreme parent care!
ARE COIN-SHAPED OR BUTTON BATTERIES A REAL DANGER IF INGESTED, OR ARE THEY JUST LIKE SWALLOWING A COIN?
Dr. Toby Litovitz, et.al. in PEDIATRICS, June 2010, Vol. 125, p. 1168 carefully delineates the severe problems these small batteries can provoke. This is significant if there is a delay in diagnosis and thus definitive treatment.
This article should make all parents aware of the serious effects a battery lodged in the esophagus can create. Prompt care to assure quick diagnosis and removal is mandatory. The small items can corrode the esophagus, leading to strictures and perforations. These sequelae can lead to extensive surgery and years of ongoing care.
If you think your child may have swallowed one of these ubiquitous power sources be sure to tell your doctor of your suspicion so that proper imaging can be done.
In our “electrified” society these little time bombs are frequently within reach of our toddlers. If one is dropped on the floor, do NOT stop looking until you have found the battery. I can guarantee that your little child will find it and put it in his or her mouth. We must not only be informed parents but compulsive parents when it comes to this.