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6 things parents forget to worry about

Drowning

Children up to age 4 have the highest drowning rates and most take place in home pools.

While most parents are worrying about kidnapping and terrorist attacks, drowning is actually more realistic. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States, with about ten people drowning to death each day. Two of these are children under 14 years old. Most drowning deaths in children under 4 years old occur in home pools. It’s important you teach your child to swim or enroll them in formal swimming lessons, which reduces the risk of drowning.

Reviewed by Dr. Eva Benmeleh, September 2020

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics News. Don’t txt n drive: Teens not getting msg.
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Infant Sleep Position and SIDS.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Playground Injuries.
  5. AAA. Distracted Driving.
  6. AAA. Teens Report Texting or Using Phone While Driving Significantly Less Often than Adults.
  7. British Medical Journal. Bed sharing when parents do not smoke.

Comments

  1. One thing I tend to worry too much about is choking. It’s always been something that scares me, especially when my girls were first stating to eat real food.

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