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