Thursday, June 20, 2013

#2 cause of death in children (after motor accidents) is drowning - be sure to read about "dry drowning" and "delayed drowning"

What’s the No. 2 Cause of Accidental Death in Children?

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Story at-a-glance

  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death (second only to motor vehicle accidents) for kids aged 1-14
  • A drowning person will not call out for help or wave their arms; a person who is drowning will be quiet and can slip under water in 20-60 seconds, often in close proximity to others who are unaware the person is in distress
  • It’s possible to suffocate from delayed drowning up to 24 hours after leaving the water, if even a small amount of water is inhaled into your lungs.  Dry drowning, on the other hand, occurs when no water enters the lungs, but rather a sudden rush of water into the throat (such as might occur from jumping into a pool with your mouth open) causes the airway to shut, causing suffocation. 
  • Formal swimming lessons have been shown to cut the risk of drowning among small children by up to 88 percent

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