I recently came across an article regarding the near drowning death of a Nine-Month-Old Child in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Apparently a mother had a 19-month old showering with the 9-month old outside the tub. She was in another room doing chores when she went to check on the children. According to the article
When she went in to check on the children, the child taking the shower, that’s when she found the nine month old infant outside of the tub in a puddle of water and it was lifeless and breathless at that point.
This story reiterates an important safety tips for parents of all children. One to two inches of water can be hazardous to a child. Just because summer ends and pools close doesn’t mean our children are safe for the seasons to come. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that at least 459 children younger than 5 drowned at home from 1996 through 1999 and since 1984 over 275 children have drown in buckets. A child can drown as quick as it takes to answer a phone. Kids are curious around water and the splashing is inviting but can quickly become deadly. Children under the age of 1 most often drown in bathtubs, buckets, and toilets. Children aged 1 to 4 often drown in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. Children aged 5 to 14 most often drown in swimming pools, lakes, and rivers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer safety tips for protecting your children around water such as emptying buckets, pans, and bathtubs of water, keeping door closed to bathroom unless with child, locking toilets, and having safety knobs.
If you do find a child who is lifeless stay calm and remember your 123’s & ABC’s of CPR. Knowing and practicing CPR can change a deadly situation into a life saving one.