Parent education for drowning prevention

J Pediatr Health Care. 1991 May-Jun;5(3):141-6. doi: 10.1016/0891-5245(91)90024-k.


Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in infants and children in 10 states, and near drowning accounts for more than 10 times as many accidents. Children aged 1 to 4 years are at the highest risk of drowning in residential swimming pools. Education of parents is a key variable in drowning prevention. Knowledge about water safety is centered around three important concepts: (a) supervision, (b) barriers, and (c) emergency procedures. The pediatric nurse plays an invaluable role in educating parents about these concepts and in increasing parents' awareness of safety risks.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / epidemiology
  • Drowning / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Nursing Care / methods*
  • Parents / education*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology