Be aware of hazards in and around the house

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in U.S. children between the ages of 1-4, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But, there’s positive news: We’re making progress. The childhood unintentional drowning rate fell by more than 50% between 1985 and 2017, according to AAP’s numbers.

The organization recently issued updated guidelines in an effort to prevent more drowning incidents.

According to pediatrician Eva Love, MD, drowning prevention often comes down to knowing where children are at all times.

“For the children in that 1 to 4 age range, they can have an event simply because they’re not being watched,” she says. “The most important thing is that there is someone who is paying attention to and aware at all times of where that child is, because that is the number one reason for children to have a drowning event.”

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