Water Safety ~ Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

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By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 24, 2021

The statistics are alarming. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children 1 to 4 years old and the second-leading cause in children ages 1 to 15.

In the US, about 1,000 children die each year from unintentional drowning, and you can bet those parents never thought it could happen to them.

Of the children who do survive a drowning incident, 5-10% experience permanent and irreversible brain damage. The longer a child is underwater and the longer it takes to start CPR, the worse the outcome.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

8 Warning Signs That Someone May Be Drowning

  1. Breathing has to come before speaking so a person who is drowning often can't respond verbally or call for help.
  2. Has limited use of his or her arms and probably can not wave for help or even reach toward a rescuer.
  3. Shows no evidence of kicking.
  4. Eyes may be glassy, unfocused, or closed.
  5. Hair may be in the face or covering the eyes.
  6. Their head is usually low in the water.
  7. Doesn't seem to be drowning. Rarely does drowning look the way it is portrayed in movies and TV shows with lots of yelling and flailing around. If a person seems to be exhibiting any signs in 1-6, ask "Are you OK?" If you don't receive a response, the answer is probably "No."
  8. A quiet child in the water may be drowning. Kids playing in the water make noise and usually lots of it. If your child gets quiet while playing in the water, get to him or her immediately to find out why.

8 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Kids Around Water

  1. Keep a watchful eye. There is no substitute for adults watching the kids in the water.
  2. Sign your child up for swimming lessons.
  3. Learn to swim yourself. If you don't know how to swim, sign yourself up for lessons too.
  4. Learn CPR. Classes are available through many recreation centers in our area, as well as the Red Cross.
  5. Never leave your child unattended near water, including bathtubs, buckets, and toilets as well as pools, hot tubs, creeks, and lakes. The door and phone can usually go unanswered and when it can't, your child can come with you.
  6. Insist on life jackets. Noodles, water wings, and rafts are toys, not life-saving devices.
  7. Install fencing around backyard pools and hot tubs. Children are curious and they are quick. Create a barrier to slow them down.
  8. Keep a fully charged phone within reach, just in case you have to call 9-1-1.

Children ages 1 to 4 who take formal swimming lessons reduce their risk of drowning by up to 88%! Take a FREE trial class at SafeSplash Swim School in Castle Rock or Lone Tree/Parker. Swim lessons for your child could be the best investment you'll ever make!

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