Summer is in full swing with many families hopping into the pool to cool down from the heat. However, many things can happen at the pool when adults get distracted. According to statistics, 77% of children involved in in a home drowning accident had been missing for no more than five minutes when they were found in the pool. Before heading to the pool this summer, be prepared to prevent emergencies from happening.
Drowning is often known as a “silent” event. It’s not like in the movies with the victim yelling for help or flailing their arms. More often than not, a drowning person is too busy trying to breathe and stay afloat rather than calling for help. This has led to an average of 3,536 people, many of them children, dying from drowning every year. In fact, it’s the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Here are things that you should know when it comes to your children and swimming:
If you suspect someone is drowning, follow these guidelines:
Once the victim is safe, look for signs of secondary drowning. The victim might still have water in their lungs and can suffocate hours later. In this case, look for difficulty breathing, tiredness and coughing hours after the incident.
If the victim is pulled from the water and you notice that they are not breathing and unconscious, seek medical attention right away. If you or someone nearby is CPR certified, assist with CPR until medical personnel arrive. Whether you are in your backyard or at the neighborhood pool, St. Vincent Neighborhood Hospital provides quick, streamlined emergency care close to you. Minutes matter in an emergency, which is why you can expect to see a doctor within 15 minutes of your arrival at each of our facilities.
When the kids are out and about having fun, they tend to forget about their surroundings. While many slips or falls end up as a minor scrape or bruise, recklessness around the pool can put a child at risk for broken bones, concussions or drowning.
If your child needs medical attention right away, find a St. Vincent Neighborhood Hospital near you.