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This site features articles and information produced weekly by the experts at CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in partnership with the Orange County Register.

Health Feature: Kids and Drowning

CHOC_08-13-2013_drowning_halfSplash Course: Kids and Drowning

When school is out, there’s nothing children love more than to splash around in the pool. But before the fun begins, safety should come first.

Known as the “silent killer,” drowning happens quietly, quickly, and usually out of sight. When your child is in the water, someone should always be assigned to watch. “What frequently happens is someone watching a child gets distracted and the child wanders off into the pool,” says Dr. Nick Anas, CHOC Children’s Pediatric Critical Care Specialist. “By the time the caretaker notices, it’s too late.”

Make sure you and your child’s caregiver are aware of potential pool hazards. Read on for tips.

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Emergency Care
Just for Kids

The new Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s is exclusively dedicated to the treatment of children. Should the need arise, our doctors and specially trained nurses provide the very best patient-and family-centered care 24 hours, seven days a week.

About Dr. Anas

Dr. Anas is CHOC's Pediatrician-in-Chief. He serves as clinical Professor for Pediatrics for the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and as Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, at UCI School of Medicine.

Kohl's Water Safety and Education Program

A common misconception about drowning is that kids are only in danger in big bodies of water. Not true. It only takes 1 inch of water for a child to drown. Click here for more information, action steps and a downloadable tip sheet.

Three Tragic Seconds

Children and water can be a fatal combination. Drowning is a quick, silent event. The experts at CHOC Children's Community Education Department have developed a special program designed to inform and educate parents and caregivers about the dangers of even small amounts of water. Watch this short video for tips on how you can be proactive and keep your children safe in and around water.

Contact the CHOC Community Education Department for information on our 3 Tragic Seconds Program: 714-509-8887.