Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

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Water Safety and Drowning Prevention




Guest:  Dr. James McElligottPediatrics, General Peds, MUSC

Host:  MUSC


Host:  During the summer months it’s especially important to remember water safety rules.  Dr. James McElligott of MUSC Children’s Hospital explains that drowning is a common problem and offers tips for protecting your child.


Dr. James McElligot:  Children can drown just about anywhere.  It’s common in your own backyard.  You also have to be careful in open water, with boating accidents.


Host:  What should be done if you see a child that appears to be drowning?


Dr. James McElligot:  The important thing to do is call for help, if needed, and throw something that floats.


Host:  It is very important to actively supervise your child near water.


Dr. James McElligot:  Small children can drown very quickly.  Drownings often occur when a parent is distracted by something for a moment.  Children should be taught how to swim starting at the age of four.  This is an extremely important lesson that they’ll have for the rest of their life.


For more information, visit www.muschealth.com/children.  This is brought to you by MUSC Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores.  Remember, Kohl’s cares for kids.

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