Losing a child is devastating enough, but knowing that the loss could have been prevented is infinitely more heartbreaking.
There have been a few heartbreaking instances of child drowning over the years. In November 2018, for instance, a 3-year-old girl named Daphne passed away after drowning in a bathtub. A similar case happened only a couple of months earlier when 5-year-old Donavon Lanser lost his life, also due to bathtub drowning.
In August 2018, a five-month-old baby also met a tragic end in a tub after his mother fell asleep while giving him a bath.
These are truly heartbreaking incidents and parents should understand how they can be prevented.
Gone too soon
It has been reported that a three-year-old girl has passed away after she was left unattended during a bath. Eva Blankenfeld drowned in her home when her mom left her in the tub for only a few minutes.
The mother later returned to find the little girl unresponsive. Emergency services were called immediately and CPR was performed on the child.
She was later transported to a hospital where she passed away a few days later while in the intensive care unit.
Authorities have determined that it was a tragic accident and no foul play was suspected.
How to protect your child
We can only imagine the pain that the parents of this little girl must be going through, but we should also be able to learn from this by ensuring we always keep our children safe.
The CPSC provides the following child safety tips:
- Young children should never be left unattended near a water-filled tub, or even a basin. Little kids can drown even in small amounts of liquid;
- While in a bathtub, your child should always be within arm's reach;
- If you have to leave the bathing area, it's much safer to take the child with you. You must also never leave a young child in the bathtub in the care of another child;
- Don't leave a bucket filled with water or any liquid around the house. It's possible for toddlers to fall headfirst into a bucket and drown. Always empty buckets after usage and keep them out of children's reach;
- Learn CPR. When a child has drowned, every second counts and you want to be prepared.
While accidents do happen, some can be prevented and it can be as simple as always watching a child and making sure their environment is safe.