Articles Posted in Child Drowning Accident

While major news attention recently was on the multitude of fatal car crashes that happened across the United States, several Arizona drowning accidents have families on alert, according to information reported by ABC 15 News. According to news reports, four drowning incidents happened over the span of one weekend, leaving two young children injured and another two children dead.

Indicators in the news reports revealed that all of these accidents were caused by negligence and by a lack of adult supervision to ensure the safety of children playing in and around water during parties and get-togethers. We are deeply distressed by the number of accidents that occurred involving child drownings over this last holiday weekend.

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A Glendale child near drowning accident sent a young boy into the hospital in serious condition after nearly drowning at their home near 47th and Olive avenues (AZ Family 08/22/2011).

The couple found their 2-year-old son submerged in water and rushed him to the hospital. It was unclear where the drowning accident exactly happened as the investigation is still ongoing.

Children that are incapable of swimming are at risk to drowning accidents. Drowning does not only happen in a pool or in a large body of water, it can happen inside your home. In fact there have been a number of reports of in-home drowning throughout the country. Baths and hot tubs and even buckets or other containers which hold water are considered drowning hazards.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning is the 6th leading cause of death for people of all ages. The CDC also reported that for every child that dies from drowning, another 4 received emergency medical care for a nonfatal incident.

Dr. Heidi Dalton, chief of critical-care medicine at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently explained what happens when a child is drowning.

Stage 1

Infants know not to get water in their lungs. Their strong reflex forces them to move quickly until they are exhausted or are forced to breathe because of the lack of oxygen. They will experience a sense of suffocation.

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One of the leading causes of death among infants and young children is drowning. US Consumer Product Safety Commission found out that a child drowns every five days in a children’s pool during summer months. Statistics show that the risk of injury or death in children under the age of 5 increases from 81% to 94% in the summer.

AZCentral reports that there was a 4-year-old Tucson boy that was found at the bottom of the pool. The child got into a closed pool at an apartment complex Sunday at around 5 in the afternoon, and was found at the bottom of the pool, stated by the Tucson fire spokesperson. They performed CPR until the paramedics arrived however he died in the short period of time. It has been reported that the pool has a “closed” sign on pool gate and it was locked, they are wondering how the child got in.

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