Medical Experts Offer Drowning Safety Program At Children's Hospital


A day at the pool or beach is an easy way to keep cool during the summer, but the fun can turn to tragedy in an instant.

"The most important thing they can bring is their eyes and ears," says Ellen Walston, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Vidant Health.

Walston says children drown because of a lack of supervision. It's the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children 1-14 years old.

"What do you think about taking to a pool? A magazine, a book, cell phone, check Facebook," says Walston. "We really want parents focusing on their children the entire time. Not to leave that responsibility to the lifeguard."

On Monday, a seminar was held at the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital. It was part of a Pool Safety program developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dr. Ted Delbridge, Chief of Emergency Services at Vidant Medical Center, also warns of secondary drowning or dry drowning.

It occurs when a child goes under and inhales water in their lungs. Symptoms of dry drowning include shallow and fast breathing, fever and lethargy. While uncommon, Dr. Delbridge says those symptoms typically occur between 1-24 hours after the incident.


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