Dangers of Drowning
Your Health Minute
The death of Olympian Bode Miller’s young daughter is a tragic example of what sadly occurs every day in this country….
Unintentional drowning is a leading cause of death for children.
And it’s preventable.
“It happens fast… and far too often”, reports Erika Edwards.
About ten people die every day from accidental drowning according to the CDC… Many of those are kids.
“It happens more often than any of us wish it did..” says Dr. Sadiqa Kendi – Safe Kids Medical Director.
The latest high-profile tragedy involves former Olympic skier Bode Miller’s daughter, Emeline.
The toddler drowned in a neighbor’s pool during a party on Sunday.
In an Instagram post — Miller said he and his family are “beyond devastated” –writing– “never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this.”
Injury prevention experts with safe kids worldwide advise “layers of protection” to prevent drowning accidents.
That starts with designating an adult to watch over young swimmers.
“They should not be distracted at all. So they shouldn’t be the grill master. They shouldn’t be on social media. They shouldn’t be talking to other people. Their only job should be to supervise the kids who are in the water,” states Dr. Sadiqa Kendi.
Experts say swim lessons are important…
Also — private pools should have fences surrounding them.
And remove toys and other objects that might entice young children to enter unsupervised areas.
One last tip — Experts say weak swimmers should have a life jacket.
Erika Edwards. NBC News.