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Water Safety for Kids - Pediatrics

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Emergency Medicine Pediatric Medical Director Dr. Carmen Garcia says drowning can be prevented. “We see a lot of them in our emergency department. Water safety and feeling comfortable around the water involves much more than swimming lessons. There are a lot of different layers, and that’s what’s really going to protect children, all the different layers.” Those layers include pool barriers, having a designated water watcher when children are around water, and knowing what to do should a child start to drown. “I think the number one thing is that drowning happens very quickly and silently,” said Dr. Garcia. If a child goes under, start immediate resuscitation while you wait on medical help. “CPR, most children do not get CPR at the scene, they do not get any type of resuscitation, or get the wrong resuscitation,” she said. Avoid things like the Heimlich maneuver and patting the child on the back. Instead, start CPR right away. “It makes a tremendous difference. We know that kids who have resuscitation delayed for more than 10 minutes are going to have a worse outcome,” Dr. Garcia said. Doctors say children who drown can have one of three outcomes—surviving unharmed, surviving with a disability, or death. Making prevention, early recognition, and knowing CPR vital to saving a child’s life. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit