|Title||Bathtub drowning deaths. New twists on an old problem|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Associate Professor Franklin, RC, Pearn, JH|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
In the past decade, newly-introduced bathroom furniture and childcare equipment have made the daily bathing of infants and preschool children more pleasurable and ergonomically easier for parents and carers, bath seats are now widely used. Tragically we have documented several deaths from their use in Australia; and similar cases have been reported elsewhere.
Children drown in the bath as a result of:
We describe here the emergent risk inherent in bath seats usage from an analysis of several hitherto unpublished cases of fatal incidents and a review of ten similar cases know to us from Australia and the United States. The essential dynamic is a parental misunderstanding that this new and popular child care aid doe not effectively support or restrain the child from submersion.
Following the introduction of compulsory warning labels the remaining challenge is heightened parental and community awareness through education.
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