On Your Side: Protecting children from drowning in the tub


News 12 This Morning/Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013

(WRDW)--We're on your side with ways to make it safer.

"Drowning, whether it be adult or a child, is actually a silent event," said Rene Hopkins. "It is not what the movies make it out to be. So, it happens quickly and it happens silently."

Hopkins with Safe Kids Greater Augusta say the silence of drowning makes the possibility of children drowning at home a greater danger.

"Any type of water can actually be a danger for a child," she explained. "For a toddler or an infant it takes less than an inch of water for them to actually be able to drown."

Safe Kids studies show drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.

It's also the third leading cause of death among children and many drowning hazards are in the home--specifically, in the bathroom.

"You really want that bathroom to be a child-free zone until you're ready to enter that bathroom with the child and stay there," Hopkins said.

But she says there are a few ways to make bath time a safer time--starting with prep.

"Gather everything you need prior to going into the bathroom," she advised. "You don't want to have to leave for a towel, ignore the telephone...it's bath time and that's it."

For toddlers and infants, Hopkins says to consider getting bath time assistance in the form of a bath seat or ring.

"Bath rings are wonderful for the toddler children for the parent to use as a tool," she explained. "[But], bath rings can easily tip over, even though they suction to the bottom of the tub, the child's weight can actually tip them over."

The cost of bath rings may vary, but for a parent the added protection can be priceless.

"You can't put a value on it," Hopkins said. "You can't put a value on piece of mind."

Hopkins also recommends parents learn CPR and there are several programs in our area that teach infant CPR. Click the links below for a few options.


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