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Habitot Children's Museum
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What You DON’T Know about Water Safety,
Drowning and Children
Many parents are aware that drowning is the number 1 cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4 and the number 2 cause of all accidental deaths in children under 14.

What you might not know is that over 50% of drownings will happen within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In some of those cases, the adult will actually watch the child drown, having no idea it is happening.

We have been fooled by TV and movies that portray victims wildly waving their arms over their heads and yelling for help. In actuality, a person who can no longer struggle to stay afloat falls silent because he has no spare air to call for help. His arms and body stiffen to conserve any last ounce of energy. The person goes into automatic survival mode. The eyes may close or appear glassy and unfocused. Their head might be low in the water or tilted back with the mouth open or they might be hyperventilating or gasping for breath. Always remember that children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

Another surprising fact about drowning is that a small, but not insignificant number of children will die of drowning up to 24 hours after they have had an incident in the water. You may not even know about these incidents.

Secondary drowning occurs when a person breathes in water and then develops symptoms later, usually within a couple hours but sometimes much later. What happens is that water has entered the lungs and begins to interfere with the body’s ability to exchange oxygen. After playing at the pool, lake or beach, the child may have breathing difficulties or exhibit symptoms like coughing, choking, excessive sleepiness or mood changes. Doctors say paying close attention to your child after playing in the water is just as important as watching them when they’re in the water. While secondary drowning is uncommon, it is important to note that any time your child has trouble breathing and it lasts longer than a few moments, you need to go to the ER.

Here are some more tips on keeping your kids safe in and around water:

  • Never leave your child unattended around water.Whether he is in the bathtub, a kiddie pool or the local lake, keep your eye on your child at all times. It only takes a moment for a child to drown.

  • Use them, but do not rely on water wings or life preserves. They can give parents a false sense of security. There is no substitute for excellent supervision at all times.

  • Learn CPR.There may be a day when someone needs help and you are the only one around to help. You are never too busy to take an afternoon CPR course that could potentially save a child or another person’s life.

  • Start your child on swimming lessons at an early age.The more comfortable she is in the water, the more she will know her limits and the less likely she will panic in a potentially dangerous situation.

  • Having barriers like pool fencing can help stop children getting into the pool area, or at least delay the time it takes them to do that before the adult in charge notices they are gone.
 
Resources:

Water Safety.Safe Kids Worldwide.
www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/water-and-drowning

Do You Know What Drowning Looks Like? Medical News Today.
www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/196538.php

What are dry drowning and secondary drowning? WebMD.
www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20140602/dry-drowning-faq

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