The biggest risks to our life change as we grow and develop. When we’re toddlers, being near water can put us in serious danger, while in middle age, our DNA is more susceptible to damage.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks the 10 leading causes of death for Americans at every stage of life. The health agency’s data from 2016 reveals that some of the greatest hazards to our young lives include everyday activities like riding in a car, while deadly cancers and heart conditions become more dangerous as our bodies take on more wear and tear.
The list below describes most common causes of death at every age, from dangerous accidents that pose threats when we’re young to diseases that are likely to take our lives when we’re older.
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Here’s a map of what to watch out for from age 0 to 65. Notice that the majority of deaths that occur before age 45 are caused by accidents.
The single biggest threat to life for everyone between the ages of 1 and 45 is some kind of accident, whether that be consumption of a toxic chemical or a deadly crash.
But just looking at the leading cause of death for every age group doesn’t tell the us whole story. Suicides are on the rise across the US and have become the second leading cause of death in many age groups.
For that reason, we’ve also included the second leading cause of death for each age group in the categories below.
The biggest risk to newborns’ nascent lives — from birth to their first birthday — is birth defects.
In the US, one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect, according to the CDC.
These development issues include critical and potentially deadly malformations of the heart or brain, as well as more mild birth defects like a smaller-than-usual ear or misshapen foot.
Most birth defects crop up during the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy, when the organs of a fetus are beginning to form. But some abnormalities can go undetected until months later. Many issues like hearing loss or heart problems can’t be diagnosed until after a baby is born.
Factors like family history, the health of the mother, use of medications, and consumption of alcohol or drugs can all have some effect on birth defects. But the reasons why some babies are born with potentially devastating or deadly health problems are still not completely understood.
The second leading cause of death for babies from 0 to 1 year old is premature birth.
From ages 1 to 4, babies, toddlers and their caregivers should be extra cautious around water.
The CDC estimates that two children under the age of 15 die from drowning every day in the US. Babies can drown in just a single inch of water, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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