Story by: Maggie Roetker on May 30, 2019
Two-thirds of all drownings happen between May and August, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The Norton Children’s Hospital emergency department typically sees an average of 19 drowning victims a year in these months. Sadly, most drownings are completely preventable. Know the signs of drowning.
“There are some safety precautions you can take to prevent drowning, and they’re very simple,” said Sharon Rengers, manager with Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness. “It starts with knowing the signs of drowning, which are very misunderstood.”
“The movies show drowning as very active and loud, when in reality, victims don’t usually call out. They also usually keep their hands down at their sides so there is no splashing. It happens in under a minute once a child begins to struggle.”
If you’re at a pool with a lifeguard, you still need to watch your children. With many people in a pool at one time, you’re going to be able to know if your child is in trouble the fastest.
And even if your child has had swimming lessons, it doesn’t mean he or she won’t drown. Everyone’s swimming level is different, and all it takes is a child to get tired or swallow water for him or her to be at risk.