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Louisiana: Baby drowning after years of falling numbers

BATON ROuge, LA ( Associated Press) — The drowning of children in Louisiana is on the rise, the state Department of Health said. And, it said, inability to swim, lack of supervision and unfenced pools, spas and water bodies are the top reasons for drowning of children and children under the age of 15.

“As temperatures warm and families return to water activities, it is important for parents and families to take precautions to keep children from drowning,” it said in a news release on Wednesday. Be aware of.”

The department said there has been a steady decline in the number of drownings among children, from 26 in 2015 and 15 in 2016 to 2019. But the total rose 60% to 24 in 2020. And preliminary data indicated last year’s total was 25. said.

The department’s latest Louisiana Child Mortality Review Report, Covering 2017 to 2019, it was found that an average of 17 children drown every year. This made drowning the number 3 cause of injury-related death behind vehicle accidents and homicide in children under the age of 14.

It was found that 96% of them could not swim, 72% were unprotected, and 54% died in water that was not sealed. It found that 60% drowned in a pool, hot tub or spa.

Nationwide, birth defects alone cause more deaths than drowning in children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC report, among children ages 1 to 14, drowning is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury, after motor vehicle accidents.

Looking at all drownings, including those of adults, the CDC noted that Louisiana had the third highest rate in the country, With about 2.2 drowning deaths per 100,000 residents from 2015 to 2019. Alaska, at 4.97, and Hawaii, at 2.9, were higher.

At least four children under the age of 15 have drowned in Louisiana this year. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said that in January, the body of a 5-year-old Lake Charles boy was found in a neighbor’s pool. In Caddo Parish, a 2-year-old named Vivian died in a hospital on April 4 after being pulled from Black Bayou Lake. A 14-year-old girl from New Orleans died and her 8-year-old sister went missing after a fall. In the Mississippi River on April 23. A 15-year-old boy also died.

“Sadly, the number of children we have lost to drowning in Louisiana continues to rise,” said state health official Dr. Joseph Cantor. “I urge everyone to follow some simple, but important steps to keep you and your kids safe around the water we love to enjoy.”

These include paying close attention to children who live in or near water; Learning CPR and teaching children swimming and water escaping skills. According to the Red Cross and an organization called Water Safety USA, they know how to swim and understand the dangers of currents and other water hazards. Children should be kept away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid getting trapped.

The department says pools and spas should be fenced off with a self-closing, self-latching gate. People should wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets when participating in boating or other water activities. And they must live in designated swimming areas of natural water bodies, which may have unpredictable currents and undercurrents.

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