Most recently, the CDC has reported that there were over 1000 drowning-related deaths among children under 19 years old in the Unites States in 2010. According to the Department of Public Health, in 2011, the most recent publicly available data, there were 27 drowning-related deaths in Georgia for children 14 years of age and younger.
Many drowning incidents occur in swimming pools, but lakes, rivers and oceans can also be dangerous. Children playing in smaller bodies of water, such as wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas and hot tubs should also be supervised. Be prepared by familiarizing yourself with the Children’s Urgent Care Centers and Children’s Emergency Departments, in case your child needs urgent care.