Water Safety and Drowning Prevention
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced an update to their recommendations on water safety and preventing the drowning of children. Drowning is the number 1 cause of unintentional injury related deaths of children ages 1-4. The second age group at highest risk of drowning deaths is teens, according to the AAP. Every year, about 370 children ages 10 to 19 drown. “Adolescents can be overconfident in their swimming abilities and are more likely to combine alcohol use with swimming – compounding their risk significantly.” Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5-19 years.