Alarming increase in child drownings
AS RELIEVED mother Lisa Brockbank held her little boy Alex tightly in her arms preparing for a national television cross this week, she couldn't stress more the importance as a parent of knowing resuscitation.
In light of Alex's near-drowning experience, the latest Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report has found most children his age are not so lucky in those situations.
The report said there had been alarming 30% increase in drownings in children aged four and under.
Almost one in every 10 drowning death in Australia was a child aged under four and more than half of those drownings (54%) happened in swimming pools.
Of the total number of toddler drownings, 31% happened in New South Wales.
First Aid Courses Coffs Harbour owner Warwick Mordue said drowning was a "silent killer" of children.
"With an adult when they fall into a pool you can hear them, you can hear that splash, but with kids, you can't, they just slide in," Warwick said.
With summer coming up, Warwick said it was vital for the community to learn CPR and to have the skills to provide life-saving treatment in an emergency.
"Anything is better than nothing. If they don't do any CPR then 100% will die, but if they do perform some CPR it gives the patient the best chance of a successful outcome," he said.
Harbour Swim owner Carol Jackson said swimming lessons and CPR went hand-in-hand to ensure a well-rounded approach to water safety.
"We also recommend that parents learn to swim also," Carol said.
"If their child is in difficulty in the water and the parent can't swim, they panic and then they aren't in a position to help their own child," she said
HOW TO CONDUCT CPR
Push down 1/3 of the chest depth, applying pressure in the middle of the chest.
Babies: Two fingers between the nipple line
Children: One hand
Adults: Two hands