Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children. In 2000, more than 1400 US children younger than 20 years drowned. Most (91%) of these deaths were unintentional and were not related to boating. For each drowning death, it is estimated that at least 1 to 4 children suffer a serious nonfatal submersion event, many of which leave children with permanent disabilities. Environmental strategies, such as installation of 4-sided fences around swimming pools, and behavioral strategies, such as increased supervision of children while around water, are needed to prevent these tragedies.
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American Academy of Pediatrics| August 01 2003
Prevention of Drowning in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
Ruth A. Brenner, MD, MPH;
Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention
Pediatrics (2003) 112 (2): 440–445.
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Ruth A. Brenner, Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention; Prevention of Drowning in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Pediatrics August 2003; 112 (2): 440–445. 10.1542/peds.112.2.440
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