Summer Drowning Risks

Now that the summer weather is back in full effect, I’m sure many of you will be dying to go swimming. Well swimming comes with a variety of dangers, chief among them being drowning. Drowning is one of the biggest concerns for parents of young children, so I’m here to give you some more facts about drowning. Obviously drowning can happen in any body of water, whether it is your pool, a pond, the ocean, or others. But some drowning statistics may surprise you. Plastic “kiddie pools”, while very shallow, account for a death every five days in summer. It’s imperative to watch your children, no matter how shallow the water they’re in is. It’s possible to drown in only a few inches of water, a scary thought! You also need to watch your kids carefully while they swim because drowning can be quite subtle. The stereotypical splashing and screaming that people assume comes with a drowning child are not actually common; it’s usually much quieter. That’s why it’s imperative to watch your kids to make sure they’re still swimming around and conscious. “Dry drowning” is a rare phenomenon that never even involves water getting to the lungs. Hours after a child has exited the water, they can still exhibit drowning symptoms. This is due to inhaled water causing the vocal cords to spasm and airways to close up, which makes it incredibly hard to breathe. Similarly, a condition known as secondary drowning occurs when the airways open up, allowing water in that will sit in the lungs and cause a “pulmonary edema”, leading again to trouble breathing. Whether it is a large body of water like the ocean or a lake, or a small amount like a toilet or a fish tank, children are at risk of drowning. So make sure to watch out for your children this summer around water. 

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