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Drowning: The Number 2 Cause of Accidental Death in Children


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  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death (second only to motor vehicle accidents) for kids aged 1-14
  • A drowning person will not call out for help or wave their arms; a person who is drowning will be quiet and can slip under water in 20-60 seconds, often in close proximity to others who are unaware the person is in distress
  • It’s possible to suffocate from delayed drowning up to 24 hours after leaving the water, if even a small amount of water is inhaled into your lungs
  • Formal swimming lessons have been shown to cut the risk of drowning among small children by up to 88 percent

By Dr. Mercola

Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the US, where about 10 people die from drowning every day.

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