Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends at the beach, lake or pool. Unfortunately, every year approximately 800 children under the age of 14 die due to drowning accidents. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Midlands want to help families protect their children around the water.
According to Safe Kids, among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. Children 1–4 years old are more likely to drown in a pool. Children five years and older are more likely to drown in natural water, such as ponds, lakes and rivers.
For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near-drowning. Some children sustain permanent brain damage. These incidents are preventable.
Children’s Hospital offers these tips to help keep children safe this summer:
Tips for swimming in fresh water
An amoeba commonly found in warm bodies of fresh water such as lakes, rivers, hot springs, under-chlorinated swimming pools and soil can cause a deadly infection. The amoeba ─ Naegleria fowleri ─ is 99 percent fatal, but 100 percent preventable.
The amoeba enters the body through the nose during water activities including tubing, diving and other activities that force water up the nose. The amoeba travels up the nose to the brain and spinal cord, where it attacks brain tissue.
If you choose to swim in water where Naegleria fowleri might live, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you:
The CDC offers recommendations at www.cdc.gov/naegleria.
Enjoy your summer and use these tips to keep your children safe. For more information about Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, visit palmettohealth.org/childrenshospital
About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.