Where and When Do Children Drown?

Where and When Do Children Drown?

Many drowning tragedies are preventable; understanding where drowning happens makes it easier to prevent.

According to a major study in the July 2001 issue of Pediatrics, infants are most likely to drown inside the home (in bathtubs or buckets) and toddlers are most likely to drown in swimming pools or hot tubs.

Older children and adolescents are most likely to drown in ponds, lakes, and streams (many toddlers drown here too).

Boys are far more likely to drown than girls. Kids are most likely to drown during the ages of most active exploration. Overall, toddlers and adolescents are at the highest risk, with the peak ages of drowning at 1-4 years old and 15-19 years old.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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