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Gun Safety & Your Children: Keep Them Safe

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Denise Dowd, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Denise Dowd, MD
dowd d05Dr.Denise Dowd is a practicing pediatric emergency medicine physician and director of research for the Division of Emergency and Urgent Care at the Children's Mercy Hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri.
She is long time volunteer with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and  the primary author of the AAP's firearm injury prevention policy statement published in October of 2012.
Her career in hospital medicine has spanned 35 years starting as a nurse in the urban core of Detroit.


The prevalence of gun violence is increasing and many children are killed or injured each year.

We discuss who is at highest risk, and the particular risk to adolescents in terms of suicide prevention. We also discuss what the American Academy of Pediatrics believes is necessary in legislative and regulatory approaches to protect children from gun violence. 

If you own a gun, what do you need to do to make sure your children don't access it? Is it enough to keep it out of reach on a high shelf?

What about guns at your child's friends' house? What questions do you need to ask? Do gun awareness training programs for children work?

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