Seattle Mama Doc Guest Post: Essential Reading

Seattle Mama Doc Guest Post: Essential Reading

Seattle Mama Doc Guest Post: Essential Reading

In my experience as a pediatric nurse, few things disturb me more than a child who has drowned.  Death from this circumstance is horrific.  Neurological devastation in a child who survives is just as heart breaking.  Drowning happens to be my greatest fear as a parent.

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD  (aka Seattle Mama Doc) has graciously allowed me to re-post her recent piece about wading pool safety. Read on for some eye opening statistics and safety tips that will keep your children out of danger.

Portable Pools:  Real Responsibility, Real Risk

I’ve got 2 boys under the age of 5. While reading a Pediatrics article just now my stomach flipped. It’s because I read:

Children younger than 5 years, especially boys, are at greatest risk from drowning in swimming pools.

The words startled me as pediatrician but as Mama, too. Three thousand children under the age of 5 were treated in the ER each year between 2006-2008 for injuries associated with submersions. Private pools were the riskiest pools of all. Over half of the children who drowned and died (129/209) did so at their own home. Wrong, terrible, traumatic.

94% of the fatal and nonfatal downing injuries in portable, above-ground pools in the US between 2001 and 2009 were in children younger than 5 years. If you have, or entertain, or care for, or ever have the responsibility for a child under age 5 near water, think about safety ahead of time. That pool you buy at Target for $11.99 comes with real responsibility. That pool you buy at Target for $11.99 comes with real risk. Don’t believe because of a portable or above-ground pool’s size, cost, or convenience, it’s any safer than the ginormous pool at the YMCA. The article this week would suggest it may be alarmingly deceptive from a danger stand-point. Those plastic blow up pools just look so benign…Click here to read more

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Hi! My name is Meaghan O’Keeffe. I’m a freelance writer and Registered Nurse in the Boston area.

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