Did you know drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers?

“Dry drowning” is something parents have been hearing a lot about in the news lately, and unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Dr. Erica Michiels, associate director for the pediatric emergency department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, stopped by The Exchange to tell us that the chance of “dry drowning” happening to your child is rare. She also shared some drowning prevention techniques to keep everyone safe this summer.

Tips to avoid drowning:

  • Be a water watcher – have an adult always watching children in the water
  • Provide children with life jackets if they aren’t confident swimmers
  • Lead by example, never mix drugs and alcohol with water recreation

For more information about Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Spectrum Health, click here, or call 866-989-7999.

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