According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4.
Louisiana experienced a 60% increase in the number of infant and child drownings (ages 0-14), from 15 in 2019 to 24 in 2020.
In previous years, Louisiana had the fourth highest drowning rate for children 1-14 years in the United States, and drowning remains the third leading cause of death for Louisiana children in this age group.
Updated statistics for 2021 will be released by the state soon but in the meantime we HAVE to take action and start conversations on the impact of infant and child drownings, beginning with prevention and awareness.
As warmer weather arrives, it is important for parents and families to know about precautions they can take to prevent child drownings. We will be sharing many facts and tips around water for all to be aware of!
Layers of Protection
While summer is a time of fun for families, we encourage everyone to become familiar with these drowning prevention tips and layers of protection to stay safe around water.