By Troy Wilde
Nevada News Service
LAS VEGAS – Child deaths in Clark County dropped 29 percent from 2008
to 2012, according to an annual report by the†Nevada Institute for
Children’s Research and Policy.
The numbers are down from 311 in 2008 to 222 last year.
Tara Phebus, executive director at the Nevada Institute for Children’s
Research and Policy at UNLV, says with 66 accidental deaths last year,
accidents remain the leading cause of preventable child death.
“Motor vehicle accidents, drowning incidents, accidental suffocations
— those are what makes up that 66 number,” she explains.
In addition to accidental deaths, the report shows that 127 children
died from natural causes in 2012, and the others were homicide,
suicide or undetermined causes.
Phebus credits the reduction in child deaths to greater focus on child
safety education over the past few years. She says a lot of it comes
down to parents keeping a close eye on their kids.
“Overall in terms of injury prevention with kids is really just
ensuring that appropriate and adequate adult supervision,” she
stresses. “Some of these things really could be prevented by that.”
The report recommends continued educational outreach centered on safe
sleep environments for infants, motor vehicle and pedestrian safety
and substance abuse prevention among young adults.