While we were at the beach on the 4th, a little boy went missing. My heart was in my throat as park personnel and panicked parents stalked the shoreline — where he’d last been seen — using megaphones to call his name. Fortunately, in one of those “thank goodness you’re alive, now I’m going to kill you” moments, he was finally found in another part of the park, skateboarding with new friends.
Keeping close track of your kids while near water is essential to keeping everyone safe, but as Momlogic recently pointed out — and as Real Housewives star Alexis Bellino recently learned the hard way when her two-year-old twins’ stroller rolled into a swimming pool with her babies still strapped inside it — just being nearby isn’t enough.
Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In roughly 10 percent of these tragedies, a parent will actually watch their child drown … and have no idea it is happening.
The Hollywood version of drowning — noisy splashing, yelling, and flailing arms — isn’t much like the real thing, says Momlogic. That doesn’t mean that someone who is obviously struggling isn’t in trouble — they are, but it does mean that parents need to tune in to what their kids are actually doing in the water to avoid missing the more quiet and subtle signs of drowning.