Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers. Most infant drowning occur either in the bathtub or in buckets, since they are not able to move around much on their own. As they get older between one and four years most commonly drown in swimming pools. Children older than five years old are most likely to drown in rivers and lakes, but this varies from one area of the country to another. It is important to know that children can drown in even one inch of water.
With that in mind, here are a few things you must do in case of an emergency.
- Get your child out of the water immediately, then check to see if she is breathing on her own. If she is not, begin CPR immediately.
- If someone else is present, send him or her to call for emergency medical help, but don’t spend precious moments looking for someone, and don’t waste time trying to drain water from your child’s lungs.
- Concentrate instead on giving her rescue breathing and CPR until she is breathing on her own. Vomiting of swallowed water is very likely during CPR.
- Only when the child’s breathing has resumed should you stop and seek emergency help. Call 911. Once the paramedics arrive, they will administer oxygen and continue CPR if necessary.
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