REPORT: State examines child deaths in Mississippi

The State Health Department has issued a report this week saying nearly 40% of child deaths that occurred in 2015 were preventable.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 10:25 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 10:43 PM

Mississippi (WTVA) - The State Department of Health has issued a report this week saying nearly 40% of child deaths that occurred in 2015 were preventable. 

This means that 220 of the 590 deaths of children could have been stopped. 

According to the report, 60% of those child deaths were infants under the age of one. 

Among the many causes, accidental suffocation stands out. 

In the 74 cases that were looked into by the state, suffocation was responsible for 30 deaths.

This number comes from parents falling a sleep with an infant in the bed or parents putting their infant to sleep where bedding or other objects interfered with the child's breathing.

Each year, the states Child Death Review Panel does a detailed examination of deaths to those under the age of 18. 

In this examination the panel found that motor vehicle accidents were racking up numbers as well. 

The state says accidents in children under 15 doubled from the previous year and were by far the leading cause of death in children older than one.

And in almost half of those cases, seat belts or proper restraints weren't used.

Master Sergeant Criss Turnipseed from the Mississippi Highway Patrol says it's very important that your car seat is used correctly.

He says positioning and placement of your car seat matters.

"There's an optimal place your child should be -- in the backseat, in the middle of the passenger compartment, that way your child has protection on both sides," Turnipseed said. 

Of course, it is not safe to put your child in the front seat because airbags are not designed for a small child. 

The report also says, more young girls than boys were killed in motor vehicle accidents which is a reverse from previous years.

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