About 6 children die each year in Australia by drowning in baths.
23 Apr 2018
About 6 children die each year in Australia by drowning in baths. Many are children under 12 months old. Lack of adult supervision, use of 'bath aids', and bathing with another child are risk factors.
The most important strategy for preventing drowning is improved supervision:
- staying close when a child is in the bath
- staying there all of the time
- paying close attention
- being ready to act if the child goes under the water.
While most unintended injuries in childhood have shown a decrease recently, little has changed in the numbers of young children who drown.
Young children can drown very quickly and quietly. Young children can drown in only a few centimetres of water.
To find out more about how to keep children safe in water have a look at the Royal Life Saving Australia topic 'Supervise'.
Source: Peden AE, Franklin RC, Pearn JH 'Unintentional fatal child drowning in the bath: A 12 year Australian review (2002-2014) Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 54: (2018) 153-159)
No safety precautions can take the place of adult supervision.