Drowning is a danger to us all. That said, some of us are at greater risk. For parents of young boys, there is reason to be scared. As it turns out, male toddlers and adolescent boys are at a higher risk of drowning.
How Do We Know Male Toddlers and Adolescent Boys are at the Highest Risk for Drowning?
Well, this information comes from a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This research found that 75% of all children and teens who die from drowning are male, and teenage boys are five times more likely to drown than teenage girls.
While no one wants harm to come to any children, the facts seem to indicate that male toddlers and adolescent boys are at a higher risk of drowning. Keeping this in mind, parents should adjust their safety precautions accordingly.
Use Multiple Layers of Protection
As we often say, drowning prevention requires multiple layers of protection. After all, drowning prevention is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, consider implementing multiple layers of protection. This can significantly decrease the risk. Some of these “layers ‘include setting up a pool safety fence, installing high locks and alarms on all doors and windows with pool access, using alarms in the pool and worn by the child, providing water survival training as soon as the child starts to crawl, and obtaining CPR and rescue training. It is crucial to share this information with parents of young children, particularly boys, to raise awareness of the risks and preventive measures.
Drowning is a serious danger that affects individuals of all ages and genders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately ten people die from unintentional drowning every day, and that it is one of the leading causes of death for children under four years old. Furthermore, around 16,000 people are rushed to hospitals each year for near-drowning incidents, and 50% of them need additional care.
Men are Generally at Greater Risk of Drowning
While swimming safety should be a concern for everyone, the study referenced above shows that men and boys are at a higher risk of drowning. However, this statistic doesn’t apply to only children. In fact, almost 80% of people who die from drowning are male, and males aged between 15 and 24 are at the highest risk. The reasons for this difference are multifaceted and can include recklessness, engaging in risky activities, and even underage alcohol use.
Minimizing Risky Situations
To minimize the risk of drowning, it is advisable to take additional precautions and undergo training. Swimming lessons are always recommended, regardless of age. You are never too old to learn how to swim. Male toddlers and adolescent boys are at a higher risk of drowning, but learning to be competent in the water is a lifelong skill that everyone should master!
Furthermore, swimming with a companion or wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating can help reduce the risk of drowning. By implementing careful planning and observing safety protocols, the likelihood of drowning can be considerably reduced.