5 Children Treated for Bath drownings at Cook Chidren's in one month
10 ways to protect your child from drowning in the tub
Don’t leave your child alone in the bathtub.
That’s the simple message that the folks at Cook Children’s who watch out for your kids’ safety wants you to know.
From March 14 to April 10, 2018, five children were rushed to the Emergency Department for drowning, with one resulting in death.
“There is no amount of time that it’s safe to leave your child alone in the tub,” said Magdalena Santillan, Trauma Injury Prevention specialist at Cook Children’s.
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death for ages 1 to 14.
“Safety begins in the home,” said Dana Walraven, manager of Community Health Outreach at Cook Children's and coordinator of the Safe Kids Tarrant County Coalition. “Bath time is not only a good time to bond with your baby, but a dangerous time in and around water. Support safe habits with adult, not sibling, supervision.”
SafeKids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children’s, gives these facts:
- Drowning is quick and silent.
- Children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Irreversible brain damage occurs in as little as 4 minutes.
To protect your child from drowning in the tub:
- Never leave your child unattended in the water.
- Put the cell phone away. Give your child 100 percent of your attention.
- The job of supervising a child in the pool is for adults only and not siblings. A child or even a teen should not be held responsible for supervising a child in the bathtub.
- If you have to answer the door or the phone, take your baby out of the water and hold him or her while you do so.
- Fill the tub only with enough water to cover the infant's legs.
- Once the bath is over, immediately drain the tub.
- Don't rely on bath rings or seats to keep a baby safe.
- Store empty tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools away after use. Store them upside down and out of a child’s reach.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Learn CPR for infants.
Learn more at safekids.org.