Accidents take the lives of more children 1 to 4 years of age than the next seven ranking causes combined.1 In 1973, accidents were responsible for 42% of the mortality from all causes among boys 1 to 4 years old and 37% of that among girls of the same age group.1, Two recent injuries from exploding pop bottles, one of them fatal, prompted me to emphasize the extreme danger that glass bottles containing carbonated beverages under pressure pose to small children.


Case 1

The parents of a 15-month-old child, after hearing a bottle explode, discovered the child crouching with a piece of glass in the perineum and innumerable pieces of glass scattered about the room.

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