I vividly remember my younger (stronger) brother dunking me in a lake when I was about 9 years old. That feeling of terror as I realized I couldn’t get away from him. My lungs feeling as if they were about to explode from holding my breath while I struggled. I did manage to get away without incident and still love the water though I have a terror of being dunked even at my advanced age. My brother couldn’t understand why I was so mad at what he saw as harmless teasing. Dunking someone seems as much a part of summer ritual as cannonballing, water gun fights and betting each other they can’t go off the high dive, but when does it become life-threatening? Obviously dunking a child can quickly turn dangerous if the child is held under too long and the child begins to drown, but a child can also dry drown 1-24 hours after they’ve ingested too much water – by dunking, getting knocked under by a wave or just having too much fun in a water fight to realize they’ve swallowed more than they’ve splashed. The link below gives the symptoms of possible dry drowning, which can affect children with asthma or other lung problems more easily. As parents we’d step in if we saw our child bicycling without a helmet- maybe dunking is another one of those ‘innocent’ childhood activities where the danger outweighs the fun.
- Organization of the day: Aquatic Exercise Association ht.ly/rhjBg #swimming #exercise #health 3 hours ago
- Are you a bad mom (or dad)? is.gd/mjH4CZ #Parenting 4 hours ago
- Child Health & Safety News Roundup: 12-02-2013 to 12-08-2013 ow.ly/2C0VPp 6 hours ago
- Keep your eyes on the kids picture #WaterSafety #DrowningPrevention ht.ly/rewhO 7 hours ago
- Flawed Perceptions is.gd/9AFX2M #DrowningPrevention #SocialMedia 8 hours ago
911 American Association of Pediatrics American Red Cross Atlanta Australia autism babies boys car seats cell phones child dying childhood safety children children's health children's safety child safety CPR Danielle S. Battle Dora Dr. Rob Brander drowning drowning prevention Drowning Prevention Foundation Drowning prevention month dunking economic costs emotions fence fire department First Aid global global health Hannah's Foundation Hawaii Home Alone ILSF infants infant swimming lessons Jabari Jabari of the Water kids Laura Van Straaten learn to swim Mario Vittone Martin L. King Jr Michelle Obama National Drowning Prevention Alliance Nemo New York New Zealand NYFD obesity ocean ocean rescue Outward Bound parenting parenting advice parenting tips Pediatrics Portland rescue Ruth Brenner safe kids safety Samaritan Scouts Stew Leonard surf swimming swimming lessons swimming pool teenagers toddlers twitter water safety