This group of children is up to 10 times more likely to drown than others, a report finds
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children, but some are more vulnerable than others, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Teenage boys ages 15 to 19 are 10 times more likely to drown than girls, according to a July report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"One only has to go to open water settings and watch how many males compared to females are in the water," said Dr. Linda Quan, pediatric emergency medicine physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and an author of the report.
About 75% of all children and teenage drowning victims are boys, the report said.
The report also found Black and American Indian/Alaska Native children ages 19 and under were significantly more likely to drown compared to other races.
When it came to fatalities in swimming pools, Black children ages 5 to 19 were five-and-a-half times more likely to drown than White children.
For children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, according to the report.
Children should be supervised at all times, Quan stressed, because they do not have the wherewithal to stop themselves from drowning.
About 70% of US drowning deaths in children 15 and under happen between May and August, the report said.
Children should be supervised at all times and wear life jackets while swimming, according to the AAP.