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Drowning

Drowning usually occurs suddenly and silently. Childhood drowning and near drowning can happen in a matter of seconds and typically occurs when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision. Two minutes following sub-mersion, a child will loose consciousness. Children are likely to drown in swimming pools as well as in open nallah, canals and sewers. During monsoon the city streets get flooded with water and open sewers are hazards to unsuspecting children playing in the rain. More than half of drowning among infants (under 1 year) occur in toilets and buckets.

Prevention Tips

> Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water at home.
> Empty all containers immediately after use.
> Never leave a child unsupervised in or around swimming pool even for a moment.
> Small children should not be allowed to go out in the rain and they should be always be accompanied by an adult while swimming.
> Learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) if possible.
> Never dive in water less than nine feet deep.

First Aid

> If drowning occurs lay the child on his back. Immediately clean the water from his mouth with finger or    handkerchief.
> Start mouth to mouth breathing (CPR) if the child is not breathing.
> Do not waste any time in trying to drain water from the lungs.
> Take the child to the nearest hospital even if the child looks fine.


 

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