A boy in a children’s swimming pool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last weekend, a 3-year-old boy was swimming in a community pool in Irvine among several adults and other children and under the supervision of his mother yet still managed to silently slip underwater. Less than two hours later, a 6-year-old girl who reportedly knew how to swim was left unattended in a backyard pool and was found at the bottom of it. Fortunately, neither of the children died, though the girl remains in critical condition. The near-drownings highlighted what a swift and silent killer drowning can be for children.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, with drowning accounting for 30 percent of the deaths suffered by children due to unintentional injury in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among children aged 14 and younger, drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths behind traffic collisions.