Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4. It takes only seconds to drown, and often occurs silently when an unsupervised child is near water.
Although most drownings occur in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just one inch of water (such as in buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, and toilets). In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children.
Consider these facts concerning drowning from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign:
Parents are advised to take the following preventive steps to protect their children from drowning:
There are many different water-related incidences that require emergency clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some considerations, for which a brief overview has been provided.
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