What drowning really looks like

What drowning really looks like

Childhood drowning statistics in the state of Texas are quite alarming. According to recent data from January to June 2016, 42 children have lost their life in water-related accidents. These children, ranging in age from 2 months to 17 years old, were found in bathtubs, backyard pools, hot tubs, lakes, rivers or ponds.

Parents and caregivers should exercise extreme caution at all times and ensure that, when in the presence of water, they should look for signs of drowning. But, what does drowning actually look like? Most assume that children will cry for help, flail their arms or show signs of struggle. In actuality, most will exhibit the exact opposite. Parents should look for the following:

  • Children do not have enough breath to call for help.
  • Vertical positioning. Drowning victims will not be using their legs and may appear to be climbing an invisible ladder.
  • Head tilted back with mouth open.
  • Hyperventilating or gasping.

Knowing how to swim is extremely important. But, even the best swimmers can drown. Proper water safety should always be in play. Here are some steps parents and caregiver should take to make sure their children remain safe.

  • Never leave children alone near any containers or bodies of water. This includes bathtubs, buckets and toilets.
  • Keep all doors, including bathroom doors, closed and secure access to pools by using alarms and gates.
  • Identify one adult supervisor for every child when in the presence of water. Never take your eyes off the child, even for just a moment.
  • Ensure that all babysitters and caregivers are CPR trained and that each is aware of your water safety ‘rules.’

Summertime should be enjoyable for both kids and adults! Check out this helpful video that outlines tips you can take to make sure accidents don’t happen to you.

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