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3 more 9-year-old students drowned, experts advise parents to absolutely not be neglected

While bathing in the dam, three third grade students in Ba Vi district, Hanoi unfortunately drowned and died.

The heartbreaking incident happened in Dong Thai commune, Ba Vi district. Accordingly, on the afternoon of May 13, a group of students invited each other to take a bath at a dam in the area. While taking a bath, 3 children unfortunately drowned. Discovering the incident, the functional forces and people tried their best to rescue but all three children did not survive.

Before that, on the afternoon of May 9, in Thanh Xuan ward (District 12, Ho Chi Minh City) there was also a tragic drowning incident. The two victims are siblings, including NTN (6 years old) and NBTC (4 years old). The incident happened at So Ro canal on TX33 street (Thanh Xuan ward).

According to reports from relatives, on the afternoon of May 9, when the mother slept, the two children ran out to play with each other and then fell into the canal at the missing position of the railing.

When the mother woke up, she could not find her two children, so she went to look for them. After that, the bodies of two children were brought up from the canal by people.

3 more 9-year-old students drowned, experts advise parents to absolutely not be neglected
The place where the heartbreaking incident caused 3 9-year-old children in Ba Vi to drown

Vietnam is a country with a long coastline, a large number of ponds, lakes, rivers, canals, etc. On holidays, Tet, especially summer vacations, the obsession of many families is drowning in water. young.

According to statistics, in our country, the drowning rate among children is 10 times higher than in developed countries. Of which, 70% of children drowned and nearly drowned under the age of 15. 53% of drowning cases occurred because children played near lakes, rivers, streams, etc. without adult protection. .

BS. CKI, Bui Van Hai, Emergency Department, MEDLATEC General Hospital said that drowning is a form of asphyxiation caused by water being inhaled into the lungs or blocked airways due to laryngospasm when the victim is in the water. Asphyxiation causes the victim to stop breathing, the heart slows down reflexively leading to hypoxia and death.

Many cases of asphyxiation receive timely first aid, but improperly, it also leaves sequelae, affecting the child’s motor skills, speech and development.

Therefore, Dr. Hai emphasized, proper first aid for drowning is especially important, not only to help children save their lives, but also to avoid serious consequences later.

Here are some first aid measures when a child is drowning that parents should know:

Step 1: Quickly bring the child out of the water, bring him to the shore and call for help.

Step 2: Put the child in a dry, ventilated place and keep the child warm.

Step 3: If the child is unconscious, check for breathing by observing the movement of the chest. If the chest is not moving, meaning the child has stopped breathing, give artificial respiration (mouth-to-mouth ventilation) immediately.

+ Place the child on a flat surface with the head slightly tilted back, remove all mucus, foreign objects in the child’s mouth.

+ Use your thumb and index finger to cover the child’s nose, then take a deep breath and then blow the air directly through the mouth. After 5 times of artificial respiration, but the child is still unable to breathe or is still pale and comatose, it is considered that the child’s heart has stopped beating, it is necessary to press the heart outside the chest immediately. Press on the lower half of the sternum in the following way:

+ Use 2 thumbs (for children under 1 year old) to press in the middle and below the line connecting the two nipples 1 finger (ie about the width of a finger).

+ Use 1 hand (for children from 1-8 years old) or 2 hands placed on top of each other (for children under 8 years old) to press on the top of the sternum 2 fingers.

+ Combine chest compressions and rescue breathing in the ratio of 5/1 (for children under 8 years old) or 15/2 (for children over 8 years old).

Dr. Hai also noted that it is still necessary to continue performing these emergency movements on the way to transfer the injured child to a medical facility, this emergency sometimes takes hours or longer.

In case there is only one rescuer, give 2 rescue breaths for every 30 compressions. If there are 2 people in the same emergency, then 15 times of chest compressions, 2 times of CPR. Persevere until the pulse beats and the child can breathe again.

If the child is still breathing on his own, have him lie on his side. Take off wet clothes, keep warm. Take the child to the nearest hospital as soon as possible because recurrent shortness of breath may occur.

In particular, everyone should note that during first aid, it is necessary to avoid common mistakes such as turning the child upside down or carrying the child on his shoulder and then running to vomit water. This will delay CPR and increase the risk of aspiration.

Step 4: The child will vomit a lot of water when he wakes up, so it is necessary to put the child in a lying position, raise the pillows on both shoulders, and widen the clothes to prevent the child from suffocating again.

Step 5: Check the child’s body for any broken spine or joint injuries. If present, quickly immobilize the neck with a splint.

Step 6: If first aid is effective, the child breathes again, struggles, or is still comatose but has a pulse and breathing rhythm, call an ambulance or use all available means to move to a medical facility that can nearest emergency resuscitation equipment. During the transportation process, it is still necessary to continue giving first aid and keeping the child warm.

In addition, this emergency doctor also emphasized, in the coming summer, parents need to pay attention to measures to prevent drowning accidents for children.

Accordingly, adults should absolutely not let children play near ponds, lakes, rivers and streams where there is a lot of water without the supervision of parents; Do not allow children to bathe in rivers or jump bridges; Children must wear life jackets when participating in water transport; Let children get used to the water and practice swimming to avoid drowning with parental supervision; Families with young children should not leave water bottles, water containers, or tightly covered so that children cannot open the lid.

With the knowledge and sharing above, I hope that parents have equipped themselves with the knowledge of prevention and can provide first aid in time to avoid the dangerous stage of their children. Wishing parents and children a meaningful and safe holiday, Tet as well as a safe summer.

N. Huyen

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