Checkup Newsroom (Drowning)

2018
June
12,
2018
Even though she talks about water safety on a daily basis, Dana Walraven still gasps at the tragic news of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter’s death. Media outlets report the little girl drowned in a neighbor’s pool over the week...
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June
12,
2018
The drowning numbers remain tragic, but not at all surprising to  Corwin Warmink, M.D., medical director of Cook Children’s Emergency Department. Already this year, seven children have fatally drowned after being rushed to Cook Children's. But anothe...
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June
06,
2018
The summer has barely begun and we are already seeing a record number of drownings at Cook Children's. Despite repeated calls from experts to lifeguard your child, 19 children have been rushed to Cook Children's for drownings and four children hav...
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May
29,
2018
Summer is off to a deadly start for children in North Texas. Despite calls from local officials and families of drowning victims to ‘Lifeguard Your Child’ around water, 11 children were admitted to Cook Children’s over Memorial Day weekend. Two of th...
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May
29,
2018
CBS 11 - Twenty-eight children have already died in drownings in Texas this year. The next three months, Memorial Day through Labor Day, are often when hospitals see the most victims. Families of drowning victims met together at Cook Children’s in...
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May
25,
2018
Children's Hospital Association - Cook Children's launched a campaign last year called Lifeguard Your Child, its third drowning-prevention campaign in as many years. It all started in June 2015, when 28 children were admitted to the hospital for near...
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May
25,
2018
Hello, friends! Summer is nearly here! Let's quickly hit some of the most common questions I get around this time of year - about sunscreen, DEET, and life jackets. 1. Sunscreen: Use it! Even on a cloudy, not-very-hot day! 80% of the sun's ...
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May
15,
2018
Only two weeks into the month of May and one child has died from drowning, while five others were seen at Cook Children's for near drownings. The ages of the children ranged from 1 year to 9 years old. The drownings all occurred in pools. “Unfo...
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April
25,
2018
Dry drowning is back in the news after a Florida mom shared her 4-year-old daughter's story on social media. These stories can be scary for parents, but how much are your kids really at risk? Few of the emergency and pediatric intensive care un...
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April
17,
2018
In a little over a month, five children have been rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub,with one incident resulting in death. The first drowning happened on March 14, 2018 and the latest occurred last week. The experts at C...
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March
26,
2018
Spring is already proving deadly for children in water. In less than two weeks, three children have died after being rushed to Cook Children’s for drowning, while another three were admitted to the medical center for their injuries. Their a...
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March
16,
2018
If you see a blue light shining outside of a home or business this week, there may be a story behind it. Cook Children’s marks its 100th birthday on March 21 and to celebrate, some are choosing to shine a blue light. For many, the gesture means somet...
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2017
September
01,
2017
All summer long we’ve asked parents to “Lifeguard Your Child.” The campaign’s focus has been on parents never taking their eyes off of their children while they are swimming … and that includes all the way to the car or house. “We’ve seen many ...
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July
27,
2017
FOX 4 - A toddler's close-call in a near-drowning is turning into a safety message for parents. The accident left 1-year-old Whitaker Harris at Cook Children's Hospital last week. Doctors and nurses called his survival “a miracle.” The Harris f...
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July
27,
2017
On June 20, 2016, 15 minutes into her warm-up for swim practice, teammates found Elise Cerami unresponsive at the bottom of a pool. A little over a year since her death, one of Elise’s swim coaches, Tracey Anne Boyd, 49, has been indicted on a cha...
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July
19,
2017
WFAA - Dozens of Texas children have died from drowning in pools, lakes or ponds this year. "Most of the parents would tell you, it’s just a second, drowning is very silent," says Sharon Evans, trauma injury prevention coordinator at Cook Children's ...
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July
18,
2017
Children's Hospital Association - It's been almost a year since Khala Hart's little boy nearly died. On July 30, 2016, Khala and her husband, Chad, attended a pool party with two of their children, Caleb and Jack. Jack was just 3 years old at ...
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July
13,
2017
The father of two little girls taken to Cook Children’s after a non-fatal drowning incident says even when you think you are doing everything right, something terrible can go wrong. The family, which has requested to remain anonymous, shared their...
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July
12,
2017
CBS DFW - The image of a child in distress, struggling in water is heart-wrenching. But for Cook Children’s Medical Center, it’s the picture they want parents see on a new electronic billboard in Fort Worth. Read the full story here.   ...
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July
03,
2017
Since 2011, 24 kids have been treated at Cook Children's following a near drowning during the Fourth of July Weekend. The safety experts at Cook Children’s say kids can’t afford anything less than 100 percent adult supervision at the pool at all t...
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June
20,
2017
Who is watching your children in the pool? More importantly, who is not watching them drown?  Last year, Cook Children’s staff saw eight drowning deaths and another 61 children treated for near-drownings. The numbers have to go down and this month Co...
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February
23,
2017
With a high of 90 degrees expected today, it's clear the risk of a child drowning isn’t a seasonal event. February isn’t over and already four children have been treated for near-drowning accidents at Cook Children’s Emergency Department. All of t...
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2016
July
06,
2016
Drowning is quick. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates you may have less than a minute to react once a child begins to struggle in a pool. And yet, one in three parents surveyed has left their child at pool for two to three minutes without supervision. ...
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July
06,
2016
Did you know that drowning will most likely affect you or someone you know?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 ag...
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July
06,
2016
Everyone thinks it won't happen to them. Unfortunately, drowning can happen to anyone. Keep your children safe around water with these nine tips to prevent drowning.  1. Get in the water. Be in arms reach of your child. Don't let your child out of...
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June
24,
2016
No one at Cook Children's wants a repeat of last year's tragic summer, with 55 near drownings and four deaths. During the month of June, the Trauma department accounted for nearly a non-fatal drowning a day with 29 total.  Things were so bad that ...
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June
06,
2016
As we begin the swimming season, common sense advice is useful in all instances for parents; however, there are situations where children have additional challenges making plans for swim trips and water safety even more important. In my field, childr...
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May
26,
2016
Before you head to the lake or the pool, take a moment to read the label on your children’s life vests or life-saving swim devices. It could save their lives. “For children’s safety, parents should make sure their kids are in U.S. Coast Guard (...
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May
01,
2016
Who is watching your children in the pool? More importantly, who is not watching them drown? The month of May has been designated as National Water Safety Month because the warmer weather marks the beginning of summer and drowning season across...
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February
15,
2016
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. Since October 2015, 3 out of the 5 drownings seen at Cook Children's have occurred i...
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