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HEALTHWATCH: Drowning - Number two cause of death for children 1 to 14

Updated: Tuesday, August 20 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
FORT WALTON BEACH   -- 
Ten people die every day in the US from drowning. For kids between one and fourteen, it's the second leading cause of death.
   
Reporter Laura Hussey says, "Here at the Fort Walton Family YMCA, there are rules posted on the wall that you might remember from childhood...no running around the pool. But when it comes to preventing drowning, there is so much more to know, and it's a constant mindset"
   
For Austin and Addison Canet, swimming lessons are a fun way to spend the morning. But mom Jennifer signed them up because she knows how quickly accidents happen.

Jennifer Canet says "We were at a barbeque, there were a lot of people outside, and my daughter just walked right into the shallow end of the swimming pool"
   
Kids their age face the highest risk at pools.
When they're over fourteen, it's the beach and other open water, with males having four times more risk than females.

Dr. Robert Hamilton says "You only need two minutes of submersion before you start to get irreversible brain damage."

Emergency room physician Dr. Robert Hamilton of Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast says people need to obey the beach flag warning system, make sure there are barriers around backyard pools, and be vigilant when kids anywhere near water.
   
Dr. Hamilton says, "Who's designated to watch the child...who really is in charge? Oh, I thought she was, I thought he was. Those are preventable deaths"
   
Jennifer Canet says, "It scares you, as a parent it really does. Because you realize it only takes a brief moment and your child can be taken from you."
   
Dr. Hamilton says infants are a special case....their risk isn't pools, it's bathtubs and buckets.
He says education about water safety really can't start too early.
   
Dr. Hamilton "You can go online and watch videos of infants that can't even talk being taught to roll over and float on their backs, so they don't die"
   
Laura Hussey says "Dr. Hamilton adds this reminder....whether you're at the pool or at the beach, adding alcohol to your water activities always adds risk."    HEALTHWATCH: Drowning - Number two cause of death for children 1 to 14


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