How to Prevent Your Child From Drowning

A 6-year-old girl ended up in critical condition after she was found not breathing in a backyard swimming pool. According to officials, she was one of three individuals who nearly drowned this past weekend in Orange Country, California.

Earlier in the day, a 3-year-old boy was pulled from a community pool at the Corte Bella condominium complex on Lombardi Aisle in Irvine after being underwater for about 30 seconds.

Greenwich police saved a five-year-old from nearly drowning in a private pool. Mother knew CPR and performed it before the paramedics arrived, which ultimately saved his life.

Finally, the last drowning case was three-year-old Ella, who nearly drowned after she reached into a pool to rescue her cat. She was found in the pool face down and not breathing. Johnny, Ella’s father, began CPR and she regained consciousness.

It is one tragic headline after another throughout the country and summer has only just begun.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.

In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning. Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects). Among those 1-4, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

What can you do to prevent the risk of drowning?

  • Parents should take CPR classes and know how to administer it to their children in the event of an emergency.
  • Children should take formal swimming lessons as early as possible.
  • Children should never be unsupervised. Drowning can occur in a matter of minutes. Preferably, parents should be in the pool with their children.
  • Adults should refrain from alcohol use while swimming.
  • Isolation fences should be built around pools to prevent others from gaining access without invitation.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Foam toys such as tubes should not be used as safety devices.
  • Check pool chemicals and conditions of the pool daily.

Every day, about 10 people die from accidental drowning and of these, two are aged 14 or under. The summer is usually a wonderful time for family and vacation. Take the appropriate precautions to make sure your little ones are safe.

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