Homicide is now a leading cause of death in kids, but Nebraska faces a bigger threat

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Homicide has become a leading cause of death in kids, according to a new study.  And worse yet, rates are still going up.

The newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows that more than 38,000 children were homicide victims nationwide between 1999 and 2020.

And there was a big jump in recent years as well.  Homicides spiked nearly 28% from 2019 to 2020.

Researchers say this is at least partly tied to firearm-related homicides of children.  They skyrocketed almost 48% during that same period.

Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among children in our state, according to Safe Kids Nebraska.

Safety should always be a top priority for parents, but it’s especially important this time of year.

A recent report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were more than 152,000 toy-related injuries in 2021.

That number only includes injuries that required an emergency room visit.

Experts say you should always follow age guidance and other safety information on toy packaging to prevent harm.

Also remember to use safety gear, keep toys with small parts away from kids younger than 3, and immediately discard plastic wrapping or other packaging that can become dangerous playthings.

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