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Five Drowning Victims Hospitalized in One Day Spurs 'Water Watcher' Reminder

By Diane Arnaout

This is my friend Van.

Van is at my pool. Since all of us parents are now COVID-vaccinated, we are feeling more comfortable with outdoor playdates. And our new pool has been a great escape from the heat!

We parents have loved to see each other. Hanging out and listening to music and eating meals together has been so much fun. We’ve missed it so much.

But our new pool poses a risk that wasn’t there before during backyard playdates.

Over the weekend, five children were victim to drownings in our area, and were rushed to the Cook Children’s ER. Some went home. Others did not.

Look at Van’s wrist. He’s wearing a WATER WATCHER band.

This band says that, no matter how many people are in or around the pool, the wearer is in charge of watching the water. The lifeguard, if you will.

The band is traded out every 15-20 minutes. The person who wears it stands guard by the pool with no distractions.

You don’t have to have this fancy band – though it will be available at my office in Forest Park very soon to pick up, and other Cook Children’s PCP offices as well. You can use anything really – a lanyard, a fancy scrunchie, a jangly bracelet.

As long as the responsibility is assigned, and someone is always watching.

Let’s ENJOY these much-missed moments together! We have earned our time together again after last summer’s solitude.

But let’s be SAFE in and around the water – the statistics are sobering in our area lately and now is the time to lifeguard your child!

Learn more about the "Lifeguard Your Child" Campaign

Water safety is important at any age. When it comes to drowning, seconds count. It’s silent and can happen in an instant. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause for kids 1-14 in Texas. But with your help, we can change that. Click here to learn more.

Please join us in our drowning prevention efforts. Together, we are asking everyone to Lifeguard Your Child around water. Click the below link to learn more about how to get involved or create an awareness campaign in your community. Click here to find out how you can get involved.