Younger Children are at Greater Risk of Drowning

Younger children are at a greater risk of drowning than older children and adults. Sadly, Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths for children aged 1-4 and is second in the nation for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Here in Florida, water safety is important all year long. With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, this means more people will be headed to the beach, pool parties, and our natural springs. So we need to be extra vigilant.

Greater Risk for Drowning

As often as parents are reminded, accidental drowning still occurs. Here are some safety tips when in and around water.

  • Always be present. While it is important to keep a phone on hand in the case of an emergency, be vigilant. In other words, keep your eyes on the children, not your phone. They need your undivided attention.
  • If you have to leave, even for a moment, take your child with you.
  • Don’t depend on a lifeguard. They aren’t there to babysit. Keep an eye on your children.
  • Public pools and spas are supposed to be equipped with safety drains, regardless, do not allow your child to swim around drains and suctions.
  • Never under estimate the power of the water. The gulf isn’t the only place that can have currents and undertows. Rivers and lakes can as well.
  • When boating, always have children wearing USCG approved life vests.
  • Don’t consume alcohol while watching children in the water or on a boat.
  • Drowning isn’t always loud and splashing.
  • Become trained in CPR.
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool or in a boat.
  • If a child becomes missing, always check the water first.

All of us at West Coast Pediatrics hope you and your families have a FUN and SAFE summer vacation!