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Drowning Prevention: What you can do to keep your kids safe.

Summer heat is here and Pools are opening

By: Dr. Lisa Di Enno, MD, FAAP

Summer is here and it is hot. What is the best way to cool off during the summer? That’s right – heading straight to the water. Whether it is a pool in your backyard, a day at the beach, or boating on your local lake, a dip in the wet stuff can make the hottest day disappear. It feels so good. As pools start to open up, families are getting out to cool off the hot summer days. Swimming is a great fun family activity.

 

Unfortunately, this same chosen body of water can take a life in the blink of an eye. In fact, here are some statistics about how often it happens:

  • Approximately 1,000 kids die every year due to drowning.
  • Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids 1 to 4 years of age, with the greatest spike between 12 and 36 months.
  • Drowning is also a leading cause of death for teenagers 15 to 19 years of age.
  • A baby can drown in 1-inch of water.

 

It’s easy for us to say that our kid wouldn’t ever be one of those kids. We watch our kids. We have a fence around the pool. Our kids know better than to get near the water.

 

None of this matters – it can happen to you. And, it can happen when you’d least expect it. In fact, many kids find their way into the water when nobody ever even expected them to be in the pool. Think about it – how many times have you been switching laundry while your toddler was in the other room watching Disney Plus?

 

Drowning can happen that quick. You may think your toddler is watching Disney Plus, but instead, he opened the back door, opened the gate, and found his way straight into the water. As you try to find him, are you going to run out to the pool first? Not likely. And during that time, he is in trouble. Every second counts.

 

So, what can you do to keep your children safe?

  • Install a fine-mesh fence – at least 4ft high – around the pool. It must be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Lock doors and windows that lead to a pool area.
  • Invest in swim lessons from an accredited swimming program.
  • When having a pool party, designate someone to be the watcher of the kids in the water. This person does nothing but stares at the kids from a close distance.

Drowning can happen fast and without a sound. Take the steps you can to keep your kids safe.

 

Our pediatricians are here for you and your child – and to answer any questions.  If you are ready to book your telemedicine appointment XpertCare today, click here:  https://xpertcare.vsee.me/u/clinic

Dr. Lisa Di Enno is the Chief Medical Officer at XpertCare Pediatric Digital Clinic. You can contact her at lisadienno@xpertcare.online to schedule an appointment.