From 1993 to 2008, the number of children who died from drowning declined 42 percent. Total trips to the hospital after drowning-related incidents declined by 51 percent among children.
"There have been efforts at education from a variety of groups," said study author Stephen Bowman, an assistant professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "One would think that those messages are getting across."
The second leading cause of death for children in the United States is drowning. The first cause of death is car accidents. Nonfatal drowning often results in brain damage and long-term disability, according to the study.
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