Navigation Links
Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk for Young Kids
Date:6/20/2011

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Portable swimming pools, including the increasingly popular, inflatable models, pose serious risks to young children, experts warn.

In a new study, investigators at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, detail the drowning deaths of more than 200 children under 12 years old linked to a variety of above-ground pools, some large and deep, others small and shallow.

"About every five days a child drowns in a portable pool in the U.S.," said lead researcher Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Because these pools are inexpensive and easy to assemble, many parents may not consider them as big a risk as in-ground pools, he said. The greatest risks are for children younger than 5 years, the researchers found.

The report, published in the June 20 online edition of Pediatrics, highlights the need for safety precautions around all pools, safety advocates said.

"Safe Kids has been concerned about the increasing use of backyard pools that are too small for consumers to consider investing in fencing but too large to make them easy to empty and secure safely after each use," said Meri-K Appy, president of Safe Kids USA in a statement Friday. "This important study confirms our speculation that portable pools in backyards across America pose special risks to young children."

For the study, Smith's team used 2001-2009 data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. During this period, the researchers identified 209 drowning deaths and 35 near-drownings in children under 12.

They found that 94 percent of the children were under 5 and most (56 percent) were boys. In addition, about three-quarters of the deaths took place in the child's own yard, usually during the summer.

More than 40 percent of the drownings occurred when the child was being supervised; 39 percent happened with no adult supervision; and 18 percent were blamed on a lapse of supervision.

About 40 percent of the drownings happened in a shallow wading pool, Smith said.

"That's in 18 inches or less of water," Smith said. "Children can drown in very small amounts of water. Very young children can drown in a five-gallon bucket with water in the bottom. It only takes a couple of inches and a few minutes."

"Close supervision of young children around water is really important, but supervision alone isn't enough," he continued.

While a variety of safety measures such as alarms and fencing are available for in-ground pools, Smith said, this is not the case for portable pools. The researchers call for industry development of affordable fencing and reliable pool alarms and covers for portable pools.

Many techniques used to deny access to in-ground pools, such as fencing, cost more than a portable pool itself, he said. "We have to come up with other strategies that are affordable and effective for portable pools."

Experts said the study also raises concerns about pool ladders. "Most of the kids got into the pool using a ladder that was provided with the pool," Smith said.

He suggested removing the pool ladder when no one is bathing and storing it where children can't get to it.

Dr. Barbara Gaines, director of trauma and injury prevention at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said that "this reminds us that while water is very inviting for children, it is also extremely hazardous."

Parents need to be very watchful when their children are in and around water, including pools, ponds and bathtubs, Gaines said. "Never underestimate water."

Gaines advises parents who have wading pools to empty it out when the pool is not in use. "That's the safest thing," she said.

Also, parents must actively supervise their children, Gaines said. "Someone has to be on pool duty."

Safe Kids promotes a pool-safety concept called "Lock, Look and Learn":

  • LOCK: Erect fencing at least 4 feet high with a self-latching gate and keep it locked at all times unless an adult is present.
  • LOOK: Parents and caregivers should watch children in or near the water at all times, and not socialize, read or sleep.
  • LEARN: "Adults should learn to swim themselves and provide swimming lessons to their children from an early age," Appy said. They should also know how to respond to an emergency -- "use rescue equipment, call 911 and perform CPR," she added.

More information

For more information on kid's safety, visit the Safe Kids USA.

SOURCES: Gary A. Smith, M.D., Dr.PH., director, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Barbara Gaines, M.D., director, Trauma and Injury Prevention, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pa.; June 20, 2011, Pediatrics, online


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New study uncovers the dangers of portable pools
2. High-volume portable music players may impair ability to clearly discriminate sounds
3. Portable, less costly peritoneal dialysis shows no additional catheter risk factors
4. Study finds problems with reviewing medical images from portable media
5. Portable breast scanner allows cancer detection in the blink of an eye
6. Portable laser devices to improve disease diagnosis
7. Virtual Viewbox offers portable radiology access for physicians
8. VCU Medical Center leads study of first US portable driver for powering the total artificial heart
9. Solar Eclipz's Portable Umbrella And Canopy Curtain, Called The ezShade, Wins Coveted Outstanding Product Award From Disney Owned iParenting Media Awards
10. AchooAllergy.com Cools Down with Portable Air Conditioners
11. Study Results Validate Shape-HF as Simplified, Portable Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk for Young Kids
(Date:2/18/2017)... Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 18, ... ... styled animating paragraph presets. Use Pixel Film Studios ’ ProParagraph Fashion ... listings, descriptions, and so many other applications. Users can pick and choose ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... Ocala, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 ... ... of software tools that allow for the electronic prescribing of controlled and non-controlled ... , Ninety percent of pharmacies in the United States now accept electronic ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Qualis Health, one of the nation's ... Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards in recognition of its innovative healthcare management programs that ... multiple award categories, highlighting four of the organization’s current programs:, ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 2017 , ... PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, is pleased ... Industry Analysts' 2017 "Staffing 100 North America" list. , Now in its ... the staffing industry over the last twelve months. Industry insiders and observers nominate ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dillon Ruxton Insurance, a Florida-based agency offering ... the greater Fort Lauderdale metropolitan region, is embarking on a cooperative food drive ... LifeNet 4 Families has provided a broad range of food provision services to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)... -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA ) today announced ... Net income attributable to DaVita Inc. for ... million, or $0.80 per share and $880 million, or $4.29 ... to DaVita Inc. for the quarter and year ended December ... million, or $0.98 per share, and $789 million, or $3.85 ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... ST. LOUIS , Feb. 16, 2017  Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ... one of the World,s Most Admired Companies within the Health Care: ... to be named one of the World,s Most Admired Companies," said ... is driven by the commitment and passion of our 26,000 employees ... people we serve." ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... , Feb 16, 2017 Research and Markets ... Diagnostics Market Analysis & Trends - Function, Application, Cancer Type, Technology ... ... Cancer Diagnostics Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of ... by 2025. Some of the prominent trends ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: