Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

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What are the warning signs that a person might be at risk of drowning?

Dr. Weber discusses the warning signs that someone might be at risk of drowning. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are a few different groups of people who are at higher risk of drowning than others, according Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

Very young children – especially those less than a year old – are at higher risk of drowning, according to PHN physicians.

Teenagers also tend to be at increased risk of drowning because they may participate in water activities, such as swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to PHN physicians. With their lowered inhibitions, their downing risk increases.

People with medical conditions, especially children with a history of seizure disorder, should not be left alone to swim because of their increased risk of downing. It is safest to make sure people with a history of seizures are watched closely by an adult or swim with a partner, according to PHN physicians.

For people with seizure disorders, even the bathtub can be a drowning risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). It is recommended they take showers whenever possible.

For more information about warning signs that a person might be at risk of drowning, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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