Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old and it’s the third leading cause of death among children. Child drowning can happen silently, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area. “The more people around who love the child, the bigger the danger,” explains Chris Funes, M.D, pediatrician with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. “When you are surrounded by people you love it is easy to assume everyone is watching. Never assume. If you have to step away always designate and make sure another adult understands they are responsible.”
Young children are especially vulnerable — they can drown in less than 2 inches of water.
Make sure young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
Remove toys. Don't leave pool toys in the water. A child might fall into the water while trying to reach a toy.
Keep rescue equipment poolside. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
Always call 911 in an emergency.
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