By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
January 15, 2012

The National Vital Statistics program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its findings on causes of death in 2010, and for children, the findings may be surprising and alarming.

Pediatrician Aaron Carroll parsed the figures on his blog and revealed that accidents, especially car accidents, were the number one killer of children ages 1-14, claiming 1,339 kids' lives in 2010.

Surprisingly high on the list was homicide, ranking as the number 3 cause of death among 1-4 year-olds, and the number 5 cause among 5-14-year-olds. Among this latter group, homicide was edged out by suicide, which claimed 273 5-14 year-olds in 2010.

Cancer ranked second among 5-14 year-olds and 4th among 1-4 year-olds.  Influenza was the sixth leading cause of death for 1-4 year-olds.

Image: Police siren, via Shutterstock.

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