With more people hopping into the pool to cool off during the warmer months, summer is the perfect time to talk about water safety. While anyone is at risk of drowning, children are especially vulnerable. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that:
- About one in five people who die of drowning are children 14 years old or younger.
- Drowning is one of the leading causes of death to children, and children aged 1-4 have the highest drowning rates.
- For every child that dies of drowning, another five are treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries.
Signs of Drowning to Look Out for
Contrary to what many people think, drowning is often a slow, silent process. Everyone should be familiar with the signs of drowning, especially if you are supervising young children or have a swimming pool in your backyard. Here are some signs that could mean someone is in trouble in the water:
- Head low in the water with mouth at water level
- Arms moving around for something that is not there
- Hair over forehead or eyes
- The person is vertical in the water
- Bobbing or treading water
- Trying to crawl up the wall of the pool
- Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making progress
- Floating face down
If you believe that someone is drowning or in distress, scream for an adult or lifeguard or rescue the person yourself without putting yourself in danger. Tell someone to call 9-1-1 for emergency medical help and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Consequences of Swimming Pool Accidents
Dry drowning, also known as secondary drowning, occurs when someone takes in a small amount of water through their nose or mouth. This may occur when someone is in the early stages of drowning but is rescued before it becomes immediately fatal.
However, when even a little bit of water gets into the lungs, it results in inflammation or swelling. The body subsequently struggles to get the oxygen it needs. Signs of dry drowning can be delayed for up to 24 hours and may include:
- Persistent coughing
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Working harder to breathe
- Forgetfulness or change in behavior
Any child or individual who was pulled from the pool during a water rescue needs medical attention immediately to ensure there is no water in their lungs. At the very least, you should call a doctor in order to get medical advice and monitor symptoms as needed.
Was Your Child Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident?
If your child suffered harm on another person’s property, you may have legal grounds to file a premises liability claim in order to pursue damages for medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact Klein Frank, P.C. at (303) 622-3876 to schedule a free, personalized consultation with our Colorado legal team today.