5 Tips to Prevent Drowning This Summer

kids jumping into lake

With many Kansas City families heading to the lake or beach this summer, it’s important to remember that water can be a dangerous place for kids. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old, and it’s the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children 19 and under. (Source:Safe Kids Worldwide)

Dr. Gabriel Schifman, medical director at The Pediatric Center of Overland Park, is sharing five important safety tips to prevent drowning so you and your family can enjoy your time on the water.

When your child is sick or injured, trust the expertise of The Pediatric Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center to get them back to being a kid again. The Pediatric Center provides an excellent experience for kids and their families who are looking for continuity of care and the highest level of expertise at the bedside.

The Pediatric Center offers: HCA Midwest Health Pediatrics

  • Comprehensive pediatric services treating newborns to teens
  • Pediatric ER with short wait times
  • Quick and convenient access to pediatric specialists including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, neurology and orthopedic surgery
  • A pediatric inpatient unit for children, which includes a medical-surgical inpatient unit and pediatric ICU staffed by pediatric hospitalists and intensivists, as well as specialty physicians, all with pediatric-specific training
  • All pediatric board-certified attending physicians who are experts in their field and have years of experience treating children

To find a pediatric specialist, call (913) 541-KIDS (5437). To learn more about The Pediatric Center and meet our pediatric specialists, visit oprmc.com/pediatrics.

Laura Mulcahy
Laura is wife to Marty, and mom to Michael (11), Joseph (9) and Anna (5). She spends most of her days juggling working from home, shuffling kids to activities and can usually be found cheering on the boys from the baseball stands. She is born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from KU (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) and has spent most of her career in advertising sales. She loves big Italian family dinners, trying out new restaurants in Kansas City on a rare date night and can never say no to an impromptu dance party with her kids.