The first spell of warm weather after a long winter brings intrepid boaters back out onto the frigid waters. Those adventurous souls sometimes pay for their enthusiasm with their lives. The off-season months are very dangerous for boaters because of the increased speed at which muscle fatigue sets in when mishaps occur. Nationally, four times as many boating accidents result in a fatality when the water temperature is 39 F or colder.
More kids are going to the emergency room for swimming injuries than 20 years ago, a new study finds.
Researchers discovered that an estimated 1.6 million swimming injuries occurred in the United States between 1990 and 2008. The number of injuries in a year increased from nearly 80,000 in 1990 to 93,000 in 2008.
As adults we're told time and again to keep a close eye on young children around water. Most kids who drown are under the age of 4 -- toddlers who accidentally fall into water too deep.
They can drown in minutes in less than 2 inches of water.
But the recent death of a 13-year-old at a pool in Florida has experts concerned about water safety for pre-teens and adolescents.
Water-tubing injuries in the United States increased by nearly 250 percent over 19 years, a new study finds.
The number of injuries rose from less than 2,100 in 1991 to more than 7,200 in 2009, according to researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
More than 83 percent of the injuries occurred during summer months, which means that more than 65 tubing-related injuries are treated daily in U.S. emergency departments during the summer, the study authors said.
In the 3 and a half decades of the child survival revolution, great progress has been made in increasing the survival of children. Globally, the infant mortality rate has decreased from 127 to 40 per 1000 live births since 1960, a decrease of more than two-thirds, leading to an increase in life expectancy from 56 years in 1970 to 70 years at the global level in 2010.1 This is an unprecedented achievement in child health.
Inflatable and portable swimming pools are increasing in popularity due to their easy set up and affordability, especially among low socioeconomic communities who may not be able to afford a permanent swimming pool and the costs associated with installing a pool fence. Not having a fence around large inflatable or portable pools is a major risk of drowning for young children.
The use of personal watercraft (PWC) has increased dramatically during the past decade as have the speed and mobility of the watercraft. A similar dramatic increase in PWC-related injury and death has occurred simultaneously. No one younger than 16 years should operate a PWC. The operator and all passengers must wear US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Other safety recommendations are suggested for parents and pediatricians.
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“Head trauma in children, particularly as a consequence of abuse, is an important issue, and we support the need for interventions in this area. We would, however, like to clarify some potentially misleading information published in the article by Kaltner et al, regarding the incidence of abusive head trauma (AHT) in Queensland in relation to other serious childhood trauma, such as drowning and low-speed vehicle run-overs (LSVROs).”
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