Leading substances causing pediatric poisoning deaths in the U.S. 2018

This statistic shows the substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisoning deaths in the U.S. in 2018, by the number of reported cases. In that year, batteries caused the deaths of two children aged five and younger. Button batteries can be swallowed by young children and can become stuck in the esophagus causing burns, severe injury and even death.

Substances most frequently involved in pediatric poisoning deaths in the U.S. in 2018*

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Age group

5 years and younger

Supplementary notes

* Includes all children with actual or estimated ages less than or equal to 5 years old. Results do not include “Unknown Child” or “Unknown Age”.
Data presents total number of mentions in cases reported to national poison centers.

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