This Pool Season: One More Drowning is One Too Many
It’s that time of the year again – pool season! As temperatures rise, there’s nothing more fun for kids to do than splash away in the nearest pool.
As pediatricians, parents and grandparents, we must also be aware of the dangers that come with access to swimming pools. In fact, drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 1 to 4, here in Orange County, California.
Every year, we hear tragic stories about accidental drownings. Here is what Dr. Nicole Hughes, Levi’s mother, shared with the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Our three year-old son, Levi, drowned in June 2018 while we were on a beach vacation with friends. One moment, he was sitting on the couch watching TV while I cleaned up dinner. In the next, I pulled him from the bottom of the pool. Levi had somehow slipped out of the kitchen filled with people, including myself, my husband, and five other physician friends.” Levi’s family is working tirelessly to prevent child drowning.