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Drowning facts
Knowing the facts can help you avoid disaster.
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Let’s face it, most of us get our concept of drowning from the movies. It’s not something that we often experience personally. And I’m sure filming a drowning, where the person in trouble hardly makes a noise or flails about is not exciting enough for any movie. But that is the reality. Drowning doesn’t make a lot of noise. I found out how soft it could be one Sunday afternoon. Luckily my husband heard it and our oldest son lives, but it could have been so much different.

I’ve looked into the facts of drowning and the truth is scary.  The first statistic from the Safe Kids Campaign that really drives home the point is that 9 out of 10 children that drown under the age of 14 are being supervised. Supervised meaning “in someone’s care” not necessarily “in their view”.

The next thing is that a child will lose consciousness within 2 minutes, brain damage within 4 to 6 minutes and that is only if they survive. Most children that survive a near drowning are found within 2 minutes and the largest part of deaths are found after 10 minutes. Almost all children that need CPR either die or has severe brain damage.

Babies are more prone to drown in the bath tub and also in household things like the toilet and nappy buckets. Children between 1 to 4 years old mostly drown in swimming pools. And children between 5 to 14 are more likely to drown in rivers, dams and the sea.

According to Safe Kids USA, “Most children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been missing from sight for less than five minutes and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning.”

Children under 4 are more likely to drown than older children. Boys are more likely to drown in swimming pools than girls and disadvantaged children are more likely to drown than well off children.

Do you know CPR? How aware are you around pools?

Drowning: The silent death

How do you keep your child safe from drowning?

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