Would You Know Enough to Save a Drowning Child?

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Summer is finally here! The sun is out, sunblock is being purchased by the truckload, and hours upon hours are going to be spent at the pool. The blazing heat can be remedied by a dip in the water, but you have got to be SO careful.

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According to the CDC, almost 4,000 people per year die from drowning. The CDC gives reasons as to why people die from drowning. Some of these are:

  • Lack of swimming ability
  • Lack of barriers
  • Lack of close supervision
  • Failure to wear life jackets
  • Alcohol use
  • Seizure disorders

Do you know what else is a reason for someone dying from drowning?

People not knowing that that person is drowning.

It's not a common occurrence to see someone drowning, so many people go without helping because they have no idea that help is needed.

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Each year you may see this article that helps people identify whether or not someone is drowning. When it comes down to it, you can't help if you don't know there's a problem. In addition to reading Slate's article, a Fox News affiliate in Minnesota put together a video report about how to recognize a drowning child. 

Interestingly enough, Jon Foss of Foss Swim School said that “a deaf lifeguard is probably the best lifeguard” because people that are drowning often do so silently—drowning is seen, not heard. 

And while we don't want to scare you, you should know that not only is drowning extremely dangerous, but secondary drowning can pose a serious threat to the life of a child as well. The risk in this case involves aspirating water following a pool incident which often includes coughing and sometimes vomiting. The water in the lungs can cause serious respiratory issues or even death. While secondary drowning seems to have a somewhat confusing name, there's no confusing how dangerous it is. 

You can learn more about it in this article that helps explain what secondary drowning is, what to do in the event that you think your child is suffering from this, and how this could happen. 

Lindsey at Delighted Momma wrote about a time when her child was suffering from secondary drowning. As a parent, this is something that is downright frightening, but it's best to be aware of the fact that such a thing is possible.  

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Please be safe. Summer can be an awesome time to catch some sun and enjoy the weather. But in order to enjoy summer to the fullest, you've got to be as safe as possible.

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Would You Know Enough to Save a Drowning Child?

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