In many child drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.
Children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.
Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. Many of us have learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Usually a child will drown without making a sound. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life.
The Instinctive Drowning Response—so named by Francesco A. Pie, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or…
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