Every summer, we read and hear about children who die due to accidental drowning. Sadly, this summer has been no exception in Minnesota.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most drownings among children ages 1 to 4 occur in the pool at home. Drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes among children 1 to 14.
While drowning is a tragedy, it’s one that can be prevented. I’ve compiled a list of tips I commonly share with parents and caregivers to make sure their kids are safe in and near the water.
Children ages 1-5
A common misconception is that kids only drown in deep water. A child can actually drown in only a few inches of water.
Children ages 5-12
While kids are our thing at Children’s, we prefer to see them healthy and not to see them in the Emergency Department. Follow these tips so your child doesn’t become a statistic this summer. For more information about injury prevention, please visit our Making Safe Simple website.
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This is a blog post by Dr. Manu Madhok, director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He’s a board member of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.