Death of Bode Miller’s Daughter Reiterates Need For Drowning Prevention Knowledge

U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter Emeline Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday.

She died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident, multiple news outlets reported.

“We are beyond devastated,” Miller said on an Instagram post on Tuesday.”Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day.”

​Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers, according to healthychildren.org. Most infant drownings occur in bathtubs and buckets. Toddlers between 1 and 4 years most commonly drown in swimming pools. However, many children in this age group drown in ponds, rivers, and lakes. It is important to know that children can drown in even one inch of water and anyone who has come close to drowning needs a medical exam.

The death was under investigation, the Orange County sheriff’s office told The Associated Press.

Here are some things to know, according to healthychildren.org:

What You Should Do in a Drowning Emergency:

  • Get your child out of the water immediately, then check to see if she is breathing on her own. If she is not, begin CPR immediately.
  • If someone else is present, send him or her to call for emergency medical help, but don’t spend precious moments looking for someone, and don’t waste time trying to drain water from your child’s lungs.
  • Concentrate instead on giving her rescue breathing and CPR until she is breathing on her own. Vomiting of swallowed water is very likely during CPR.
  • Only when the child’s breathing has resumed should you stop and seek emergency help. Call 911. Once the paramedics arrive, they will administer oxygen and continue CPR if necessary.

Drowning Prevention: Know the Warning Signs

These signs may signal that a child or adult is in danger of drowning:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs — vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

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