SATURDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Drowning is the second leading cause of death among U.S. children ages 1 to 19, and parents need to watch their children closely when they're around water, a doctor says.
"Children can drown even in the smallest body of water, including toilets, portable pools, decorative fountains, buckets and bathtubs," Dr. Wendy Pomerantz, an emergency room doctor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release.
"Any time you have a standing body of water that is accessible, make sure you supervise your child at all times," she advised.
There are a number of steps adults can take to make sure children are safe when they're playing around water, said Pomerantz, one of the coordinators for the Comprehensive Children's Injury Center.
Here are some tips from Pomerantz and the American Academy of Pediatrics:
The Nemours Foundation has more about water safety for kids.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, news release, June 27, 2011
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