Toddler critical after third near drowning this week

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the third time this week, firefighters have pulled a small child from a backyard swimming pool.

This latest near drowning incident involves a 1-year-old boy and happened Wednesday night at home near US 60 and Rural Road.

The toddler’s father was watching him, but the little boy slipped away. The father found him floating in the swimming pool.

It’s not known how long he was in the water, but the child was not breathing when firefighters got to him.

Emergency crews rushed the toddler to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

On Tuesday night, a 2-year-old girl was pulled from a backyard swimming pool in Glendale. At last check she was in critical condition.

On Monday afternoon, a 2-year-old boy nearly drowned in an inflatable play pool at a Queen Creek home. He, too, was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters all over the Valley are reminding parents and caregivers to watch their children around water. They said swimming pools are the biggest danger, but remind parents that young children, especially toddler and infants, can drown in as little as an inch or two of water.

They also want parents to know that drowning is generally a silent tragedy. Children can slip under the water with little or no splashing sounds and they often do not have the chance to cry or yell for help.

Child-safety experts stress the importance of what they call the ABCs of water safety, with adult supervision being the most important. There’s nothing that can substitute for eyes-on contact with children, especially in situations that can quickly turn tragic.

A - Adult supervision
When it comes to keeping kids safe around water, the most important thing is adult supervision. Adults should have eye-to-eye contact with kids at all times.

B - Barriers
While there is no substitute for adult supervision, fences and locking gates can go a long way in keeping kids out of the swimming pool.

C - Classes
Not only should children take swimming lessons (although lessons in no way replace supervision), adults should be trained in CPR in case the unthinkable should happen.