Kids and Drowning Accidents, Part 1

The CDC reports that there are on average nearly 10 drowning accidents occurring every day. More than one in four fatal drowning accidents involve children ages 14 and younger. For every child who drowns, there are at least 4 others who visit the emergency room for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nonfatal drowning injuries can be catastrophic and can cause permanent brain damage, including problems with learning and memory, and the permanent loss of brain function.

Children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk of near-drowning because their energy and curiosity can easily lead them to fall into bodies of water, including bathtubs or large buckets from which they cannot escape. Among children ages 1 to 4 who die in accidents, nearly 30% do so through unintentional drowning. Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. Children under 1 year of age most often drown in bathtubs, buckets, or toilets. With children between the ages of 1 and 4, most drowning incidents occur in swimming pools. Most young children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight for less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.

As a parent, how do you control your child's excitement at a swimming pool?

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This is an excerpt from "Little Kids, Big Accidents: What Every Parent Should Know About Children and Accidents," written by Seattle child injury attorney Chris Davis.

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