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shutterstock 102686954-small cropIn Oregon, we are blessed with beautiful rivers, lakes and ocean beaches, as well as sunny summer days that beckon water fun. But fun can quickly turn to tragedy when safety precautions are ignored.

Accidental injury is a leading cause of death for children in the United States – drowning being the most common, especially for teenagers and children ages 1-4.

For every death by drowning, 25 children are hospitalized and 925 are treated in emergency rooms for near-death incidents. Some are forever changed by brain injury due to prolonged lack of oxygen.

Roughly one-third of children who drown in Oregon perish in backyard pools; 80 percent die between May and October.

In my own practice, I’ve cared for children who’ve suffered traumatic water-related injuries.