Drowning doesn’t look like you expect
Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths among young children according to the CDC, so it’s important to know how to spot it. We imagine we’ll see someone failing about and screaming for help—but in reality, drowning is silent. “According to a study from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, nearly half of parents say they think if a child was drowning nearby, they would hear him or her,” says pediatrician Marcee White, MD, medical advisor for Safe Kids Worldwide. “Instead, drowning is quick and quiet.” Young kids will show little movement in their arms and legs, and may only have time to take a quick breath—not enough to scream—before they go under. “This all happens in a matter of minutes,” Dr. White says. Watch out for more silent but deadly signs of drowning.