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Study: Drowning A Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths For Young Children

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Drowning replaces traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths for boys age 1-4; second leading cause for girls in that age group. (Getty Images)

Drowning replaces traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths for boys age 1-4; second leading cause for girls in that age group. (Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children 5-years and younger, reports Live Science.

It cites a study from the CDC that analyzed data from 1999 to 2010. During those 12 years, more than 46,000 people died from drowning, an average of nearly 4,000 each year, or about 10 a day.

The study found that there were more drowning deaths on weekends. The average number on weekend days was about 14 and 9 on weekdays.

While the number of drowning incidents declined for most age groups, says the report, for boys ages 1 to 4, drowning has replaced traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. For girls of the same ages, drowning is the number two cause of accidental death.

Swimming pools were the most common place kids under 5 drowned. Infants under 1 were most likely to drown in the bathtub. That is also true for adults over age 85.

From 5 to 85, the report found, natural water, like rivers, lakes and the ocean, were the most common spots for drowning.

Drowning death rates for adults over age 85 went up 22 percent between 1999 and 2005, but then declined 36 percent by 2010. The death rates for ages 45-84 increased about 10 percent during the entire 12 years analyzed by the researchers.

For adults ages 85 and over, drowning death rates increased 22 percent between 1999 and 2005, and then decreased 36 percent by 2010, according to the report. For people ages 45 to 84, however, death rates increased 10 percent over the 12 years of the study.

Alcohol and not knowing how to swim were the biggest links connected to drowning for adults. For young children not having pool fences was a major factor.

The CDC recommends formal swimming lessons for all children and says those lessons decrease the risk of drowning for very young children.

Drowning is among the top causes of accidental death worldwide. 7 percent of all injury-related deaths are from drowning, according to the World Health Organization.

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