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Henry Mayo Doctor Provides Pool Safety Tips For Santa Clarita Swimmers  

With summer temperatures heating up to near triple-digits in Santa Clarita, a local doctor is providing pool safety tips and reminding parents of the dangers of drowning and what to do if someone does drown, officials said.           

Parents are encouraged to always keep an eye on small children while they are near the water in efforts to prevent drowning from happening. 

“The single most important thing is having supervision. It is when you look away something can happen,” said Dr. Bud Lawrence, director of the emergency department at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. 

For Santa Clarita residents who may be planning to have pool parties where young children are present are being encouraged to designate someone to keep eyes on the pool at all times, according to officials. 

“It’s really important that an adult is designated to watch all the kids at all times,” Lawrence said. 

Pool parties are the most common time for children to be the victim of a drowning or near-drowning situation, Lawrence said. 

For pool-party goers who may be assigned lifeguard on duty, are being encouraged to know the signs of potential drowning. 

During pool parties, it is normal for children to play underwater while playing games, or to see how long they can hold their breath, according to officials. 

Whoever may be in charge of pool lifeguard is encouraged to be ready to take action if a child does not surface after about 20 to 30 seconds, Lawrence said. 

“There is no harm of jumping in and pulling the kid out and them telling you they are just holding their breath,” Lawrence said. 

In the event a child or any individual does not surface because of an actual drowning or near-drowning incident Lawrence recommends the following steps. 

“The first thing is to assign someone to call 9-1-1 or to call yourself if no one else is around,” Lawrence said. “We really want to involve paramedics to get the individual to the hospital as soon as possible.” 

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It is also important to see if the individual is breathing or has a pulse, according to Lawrence. 

If they have a pulse and are not breathing, do mouth to mouth resuscitations, and if there is no pulse start CPR, Lawrence said.

All parents and pool-goers are encouraged to know CPR in the event it is needed whether for your own family member or someone else who may be in need. 

Once children are out of the water, parents are still encouraged to keep an eye on them, according to officials. 

Although rare, someone can drown several hours after exiting the water, which is considered secondary or delayed drowning. 

“Delayed drowning is when someone may inhale a small amount of water into their lungs but not be affected by it right away,” Lawrence said in a previous article.

After the water is in the lungs, it could attract other bodily fluids to collect in the lungs, causing someone to drown, according to officials. 

“Symptoms for delayed drowning may include shortness in breath, coughing, difficulty breathing and child not looking well,” Lawrence said. “If parents notice anything concerning their child’s respiratory system after swimming they should call their pediatrician. This form of drowning is very rare, however, it is important for people to know about it and how to detect it.”  

Delayed drowning could occur within a few minutes of inhaling water or up to 24 hours, according to officials. 

As children get to around high school age the likelihood of them drowning due to not knowing how to swim decreases, according to officials. 

Older children and young adults are more likely to drown due to possibly hitting their heads and losing consciousness or to alcohol-related incidents, according to Lawrence.     

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Henry Mayo Doctor Provides Pool Safety Tips For Santa Clarita Swimmers  

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Louie was born and raised in Santa Clarita. At the age of two Louie lost his vision due to a brain tumor. However, Louie doesn't let blindness stop him from doing what ever it is he wants to accomplish. Growing up some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, fishing and riding bikes. Louie graduated from College of the Canyon in December of 2017, with a Broadcast Journalism degree. Growing up Louie has always wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer, but because of his blindness Louie knew that wouldn't work. Louie has always loved listening to police and fire radio traffic, using a scanner, and he figured if he was going to listen to the scanner so much, he should do something with it.