Everett Clinic pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson talked with KING5 News about how to keep kids safe around water this summer. From the news report:
She said the most common ages in which children suffer drownings are between one and four, and boys are more likely to drown than girls. Swanson emphasized that it is important to be vigilant in watching children at this age, because it is also common for small children to drown in household bodies of water.
"The other thing to know about young kids is they don't drown typically in open water or big spaces. They also drown right in your home—toilet bowls, buckets of water, kiddie pools, little pools," Swanson said.
If a toddler or infant is found in the water and they are blue or not breathing, Swanson said the first thing to do is give mouth to mouth right away, begin start CPR and call 911.
Watch the report: Drowning dangers — What parents need to know.
Dr. Swanson appears regularly on KING5 HealthLink News in a segment called Ask Dr. Swanson.
On July 26, her book Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics received Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award in Health (Adult Nonfiction). INDIEFAB awards are given to the best books out from indie publishers and university presses as judged by a select group of librarians from aorund the country. This year's awards were given at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.