Health officials strive to inform, help prevent drownings

Health officials strive to inform, help prevent drownings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The signs of drowning are often misunderstood, but Norton Children’s Hospital is trying to raise awareness on how to prevent these tragic accidents.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, two-thirds of all drownings happen between May and August. The Norton Children's Hospital emergency department sees an average of 19 drowning victims a year in these months. Sadly, most drownings are completely preventable.

The movies show drowning as very active and loud, when in reality, victims don't usually call out. Norton Children's Hospital says people who are drowning usually keep their hands down at their sides so there is no splashing. It happens in under a minute once a child begins to struggle.

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Signs of drowning:

-Head low in the water with mouth at water level

-Head tilted back with mouth open

-Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus

-Eyes closed

-Hair over forehead or eyes

-Not using legs—vertical in the water

-Hyperventilating or gasping

-Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway

-Trying to roll over on the back

-Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

If you're at a pool with a lifeguard, you still need to watch your children. With many people in a pool at one time, you're going to be able to know if your child is in trouble the fastest. Even if your child has had swimming lessons, it doesn't mean he or she won't drown.

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