Raising Awareness, Preventing Another Tragedy

Few things could probably compare to the pain a parent must feel when they lose a child.


Few things could probably compare to the pain a parent must feel when they lose a child.

The death of a child also often has an impact on a community. Such was the case with a tragic drowning of a seven month-old girl in Onslow County in February.

The child died after authorities say the girl's father stepped out of the bathroom for less than a minute. District Attorney Dewey Hudson says the father had no intent to leave the child, so the death wasn't considered a crime. Hudson says the father just lost focus.

Many people expressed outrage and heartache over what happened. They wanted to know, "How does something like this happen?" It seems so preventable.

As I began to look into those questions, I discovered something very troubling. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for kids ages one to four. It is the second leading cause of injury-related death for kids up to nineteen. Of those drownings, the majority occur in the bathtub.

While it may seem like the solution to this kind of tragedy is very simple, don't leave children in the bathtub, either not enough people know it, or they're ignoring it. Either way, awareness is the key. That's why I'll have a special report on this subject Thursday on WITN News at Six.

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  • by Kathy Location: Robersonville on May 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    This was an accident that was preventable with the use of common sense, what parent in their right mind would leave a 7 month child in the bath tub alone for any amount of time. I believe that the father should be held accountable for his actions, because it sounds like a form of neglect that has gone nonpunishable for the father!
  • by Child Health Nurse on Apr 23, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    Bathing unfortunately isn't something that is taught to parents. It is taken for granted that a parent should know how to bathe their kid. They bathe themselves don't they? But it's true: parents DON'T know. At least they don't know all the implications of not doing it correctly. Education is so important, especially for new parents. The structure of our health care system greatly limits parents from receiving proper education, not just on bathing but many other components of parenting. Let's face it: our health care system is a money making business. Health insurance doesn't pay for education time. There is no way medical providers can properly educate parents when they have only 8 minutes to spend with a family! It's a fact that it's cheaper to prevent a disease or accident than it is to treat the disease or, in this case, have to pay the tragic and priceless consquences of an accident. The medical field is not to blame but there are so many teachable moments that get missed.
  • by mom on Apr 23, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    i am a firm believer in this, you should never leave little kids in the bathtub. the times ive bathed my child and forgot his towel or something and had to make a dash to get it, i made my two year old sing the abc song as loud as he can so i could hear him. any kids younger than that or inable to communicate, you should never leave for even a second. also make sure your door is shut when youre running the bath or when the bath is full--put a gate up if you have to, sometimes curious kids have to sneak in and see the water. its common sense, but its also scary the things you have to think about when you have little ones!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    Tragic as it is, they wouldn't call them accidents if they were preventable.

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