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US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

In 1996, the USPSTF recommended counseling parents of young children (ages 0-4) on measures to prevent injuries, including motor vehicle injuries, drowning, poisoning, fire/burns, and falls.
(Note: the USPSTF will not update the 1996 recommendation on Counseling for Household and Recreational Injuries. The Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraints recommendation was changed in 2007. The rankings included services recommended through 2004.)


Each year, hundreds of children age 4 and younger die from preventable injuries:
  • More than 500 die in motor vehicle crashes
  • More than 400 die as a result of accidental drowning
  • About 200 die as a result of exposure to smoke and fire