Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Week: This summer, please consider swimming pool safety

Attention Kansas Citians: It’s hot out. I cannot blame those whose first line of defense is to head to the nearest swimming pool for some good ol’ summer fun.

But please take a moment to consider pool safety first, especially for your youngsters. After all, drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 4.

In my short career, I have had the unfortunate opportunity to evaluate several children for near-drowning incidents. Their stories are similar, typically involving both a lack of child swimming skills and a lack of close supervision.

Most were being supervised peripherally. It is not uncommon to see parents chatting or reading while their kids are swimming. To prevent drowning, which can happen in seconds, eyes must be on them at all times.

Also, please consider swimming lessons. Studies have shown decreased risk of drowning in children ages 1 to 4 years who have had formal swimming lessons.

Monica Duke, D.O., of Kansas City, is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She is in the third year of her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital.