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.
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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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