Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Five Minutes Later

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire officials have reported that a 10-month old baby boy is in a critical condition after a drowning accident in a swimming pool.

The little boy was discovered floating by his father and promptly performed CPR before the emergency unit took over resuscitating the child who was not breathing and had no pulse.

The baby, who was taken to Methodist Hospital had his pulse revived and is currently on a ventilator, fighting for his life.

The parents reportedly told the authorities that the baby was only briefly out of their sight right before they found him in the water. There was no evidence of foul play.

According to the Metropolitan Fire Captain Christian Pebbles, drowning prevention is a duty that is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Drowning is in fact, the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children aged 1 to 14 years old in a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, in a state like California where the climate is often hot, drowning is the leading cause of child death, injury and disability.

Most children under 1 year old drown in drown in bathtubs, buckets, or toilets but children ages 1 to 4 years drown in residential swimming pools. Most of the children who drowned were also out of their parents’ sight for less than 5 minutes.

Should the child survive the drowning accident, it can still cause debilitating injuries such as long-term disabilities which include memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.

Letting your child out of your sight briefly, even for less than 5 minutes is enough to put your child’s life at risk especially if you’re anywhere near bodies of water.

While putting barriers or fences around pools will help decrease the chances of a drowning accident (as well as liability for owners of swimming pools), the presence of parents or adult supervision is still the primary way to prevent drowning accidents.