Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Help Prevent Your Children From Drowning or Suffering Pool Related Injuries

Drowning is when a person is submerged in water, cutting of the person’s oxygen causing injuries or even death. Drowning is the second leading cause of death by injury among children. In contrast with adults, infants and young children drown in as little as two inches of water. It is therefore, important to be extra careful with your children when near pools or properties retaining water with levels that could be fatal to your children.

Most infants who died in accidents die in swimming pools. On the other hand, older children and teen drowning happen in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and other natural bodies of water.

Aside from drowning, there are a lot of accidents that could happen while in the vicinity of pools or other water recreation areas. Some of the injuries suffered aside from drowning or near-drowning are spinal injuries resulting in various degrees of paraplegia and quadriplegia, concussion, brain injury, loss of memory and motor skills, slip, trip and fall injuries, bone fractures/breaks/dislocations, temporary or permanent disability, facial injuries resulting in nose and jaw dislocations and scarring, cuts, lesions and punctures.

It is important to make sure that your children have supervision when near bodies of water. It also helps to make them wear vests in case they wonder off away from sight. Also make sure that no objects are lying near the pool area where your children could trip and fall in the water. Be wary also of slippery substances near pool areas to prevent your children from suddenly slipping into the pool or banging their heads on the floor tiles. Drowning is more fatal when the person drowning becomes unconscious.

If your child happens to figure in an accident, immediately call 911 or seek medical attention. Brain injuries are also common in drowning victims. Your quick thinking may just save your child from permanent injuries related to drowning.