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EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS: Pearls from a Practicing Pediatrician - Swimming is Fun; Keep it Safe for Children

Posted: Jul 13, 2020
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Author: UCA Admin

Content provided by Thomas W. Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP; UCA Pediatric Section Chair

Summer is here and it is a wonderful time of the year. Even with restrictions in place because of lingering COVID-19, there is still plenty for families to do to enjoy the warmth and the sunshine. Swimming is one of those activities that is invigorating and enjoyable to members of all ages in the family. However, with children more than adults, there is the risk of an accidental drowning. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Drowning can happen to any family. It is quick, and it is silent. Drowning is the single-leading cause of death among children aged 1-4, and a top cause of death among teens. As children are at home more due to social isolation recommendations, they may have more access to pools, bathtubs, and other sources of water – all of which pose a drowning risk,” said pediatrician Ben Hoffman, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence & Poison Prevention.

“Families may also be visiting lakes, rivers or other open bodies of water as a way to get outdoors while still maintaining physical distance to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We have to make sure that we plan layers of protection to keep children and teens safe around water, wherever they are,” Dr. Hoffman said.” The AAP has these recommendations of layers of protection for you to ensure that your children are at lower risk of drowning:

· All children and adults should learn to swim. If swim lessons are suspended in your area due to coronavirus, it is important to add other layers of protection until your child can access lessons.

· Close, constant, attentive supervision around water is important. Assign an adult ‘water watcher,’ who should not be distracted by work, socializing, or chores.

· Around the house, empty all buckets, bathtubs and wading pools immediately after use. If you have young children, keep the bathroom door closed, and use toilet locks to prevent access.

· Pools should be surrounded by a four-sided fence, with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Research shows pool fencing can reduce drowning risk by 50%. Additional barriers can include door locks, window locks, pool covers and pool alarms.

· Adults and older children should learn CPR.

· Everyone, children and adults, should wear US Coast Guard-approved life jackets whenever they are in open water, or on watercraft.

· Parents and teens should understand how using alcohol and drugs increases the risk of drowning while swimming or boating.

Around this time last year, I wrote an article explaining that “dry drowning” was a social media myth that does not occur. Here is the information from my column last year: “There is an excellent review called On “Dry Drowning” from DrowningLit that I often provide to parents presenting with a child who had a choking episode while swimming. This article is worthwhile to help reassure them and for them to help reassure others at home who still have concerns.” Here is the article’s link: http://www.drowninglit.com/2017/06/on-dry-drowning.html

The review emphasizes that children should be evaluated if they have a prolonged submersion with subsequent difficulty breathing or on-going cough, foam from the mouth, vomiting, or altered behavior. I would recommend that evaluation take place in an emergency room and would recommend the same for any child who requires CPR or rescue breathing to recover from a non-fatal drowning.

With all of us working together we can help ensure that children have a safe and fun Summer, 2020 and enjoy water sports and swimming safely. Best wishes for a happy, fulfilling and family centered Summer.


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