Singer Davido loses Son to drowning

(Child drowning)

Ifeanyi, Davido and Chioma’s three-year-old son, died yesterday evening.

 Ifeanyi is said to have drowned in the pool at the musician’s home on Banana Island. He was rumored to have spent a very long period underwater before being discovered.

When he arrived at Evercare Hospital, it was determined that he had passed away.

According to reports, the child perished on October 20, just a few days after turning three.

Davido and Chioma left Ifeanyi with his caregivers in order to travel to Ibadan yesterday to attend a family reunion.

Some of the individuals who were at Davido’s house at the time the event occurred, according to reports, have been detained.

Davido was transferred from Evercare Hospital in a disturbed and unconsolable state, and he is currently being cared for at his father’s home.

Davido had previously been seen teaching his youngster to swim in a popular video.

Also, recall that in June 2018, prominent Afrobeats performer Dbanj’s kid also died in a swimming pool, suffering a similar fate with Davido’s son, Ifeanyi.

Born in May 2017, Daniel Oyebanjo III was only a year old when the tragedy occurred.

Like Davido, D’banj wasn’t at home when this incident took place. In the midst of grief, he comforted himself with these words: “Trying times but my God is Always and Forever Faithful”.

A similar incident happened earlier this year in Ajah, Lagos state, leaving an unknown couple childless.

The Unknown couple’s three children drowned in a swimming pool on their estate in the Ajah region of Lagos State, leaving them inconsolable.

When the three kids left their home to go swimming in the pool, both the husband and wife had left for an event.

 It was discovered that some locals, including the estate’s security personnel, discovered the kids laying lifeless in the pool.

According to a source, the kids were taken to a local hospital where their demise was verified as soon as they were taken out of the pool.

The event took place on an estate in Ajah, the person claimed. There is a pool on the estate that homeowners can use at any time. The three siblings were their parents’ lone offspring. They went swimming at the public pool when their parents departed for an event, but they died.

The estate’s Chief Security Officer was among the individuals who discovered the kids motionless and hurriedly transported them to the hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. They didn’t tell the parents what happened to their kids, but they swiftly alerted the Ajah Police Station and told them that something critical had occurred that needed their attention.

As a result, the parents abruptly ended their outing. When they first encountered the CSO and others,they were told that their kids drowned. When they learned that all three of their children had passed away, the husband and wife both became unconscious and were taken to the hospital where they were revived.

The first child was 14 years old, the second was 7 years old, and the third was 3 years old. The children are all girls. The incident took place in the late afternoon.

Drowning continues to remain a significant public health concern as it is a major cause of damage and death in people, particularly in children.

What is Drowning?

Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in a liquid. Not all drownings are fatal, that is, leading to death. Some can be non-fatal, which happens when a person survives a drowning incident with a range of outcomes from no injury to a very serious one.

Facts about Drowning in Children

Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide accounting for 7% of all injury- related deaths.

Studies have shown that children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates which can happen anytime, including when they are not expected to be near water, such as when they gain unsupervised access to water. 

Every year in the United States, 3572 people die from drowning and 945 of them are children.

Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death behind motor vehicle crashes for children ages 1-14.

Causes of Drowning in Children

  1. Lack of participation in formal swimming lessons.
  2. Lack of close supervision: This happens in swimming pools, lakes, oceans, and even buckets of water.
  3. Location: The highest risky location varies amongst children by age. For infants under 1 year old, two-thirds of all drownings occur in bathtubs. For children aged 1-4, drowning happens in swimming pools at home, while for children from 5-15, it occurs in natural water bodies.
  4. Not wearing life jackets: This can prevent drowning during water activities, especially boating and swimming.
  5. Missing or Ineffective fences around water: Barriers such as pool fencing prevents young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregiver’s awareness. A four-sided isolation fence which separates the pool area from the house reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%

How to Prevent Drowning in Children

(For Parents)

Most parents or care-givers assume that a child will scream or yell for help when such an incident happens to him. Sometimes, it is not always like that. 

Fatal drowning can occur in silence, where the child has to struggle for breath, for help and at the same time, to keep himself afloat.

It is wise to follow this preventive measures to avoid losing your child because of this circumstance:

  1. Stay within an arm’s reach: Stay close to your child at all times.
  1. Ignore your Phone: Avoid distractions from social media, work and people around. Keep close watch on the child in question. Drowning can also happen when there are many people around.
  1. Install proper water barriers: Use the four-sided isolation fence rather than the three- sided fencing which encloses the yard, but does not separate the pool from the house.
  1. Sign up your child for proper swimming lessons.
  1. Have the appropriate safety gear in case of an emergency: A mobile phone and equipment like life jackets, life buoys, reach tools.
  1. Don’t rely on life jackets.
  1. Teach him water rules:Teach your child important water rules like no running, no rough play, no diving in the shallow end of the pool, no swimming without adult supervision.
  1. Be aware of household accidents: Stay within an earshot of the child and; keep toilet seats covered and bathroom doors closed, always empty buckets and containers after use, never leave a child alone in the bathtub, etc.
  2. Learn first aid techniques in case drowning occurs. Example: chest compressing, mouth-to-mouth, etc.

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