The domestic bathtub is an important site for infant drownings. A total population study of drowning and near-drowning accidents involving Honolulu infants has enabled the risks to be specified with greater detail. A series of seven consecutive bathtub immersion accidents is presented. The "at risk" profile comprises highly mobile families of bower socioeconomic status; usually younger siblings in larger families are involved and often the father had immediate care of the infant at the time of the accident. Another case of bathtub immersion as a form of nonaccidental injury is described. In five of the other six cases reported, the drowned child was left attended by an older sibling. Preventive strategies are discussed.
- Received August 24, 1978.
- Accepted November 6, 1978.
- Copyright © 1979 by the American Academy of Pediatrics