Most families, including myself, have made it to the pool or lake this summer, and will continue to while the sun is out. As a parent, going to the water is always a nerve-wracking event. Drowning is the main cause of death for kids between the ages of 1 and 4 and the second cause of death for kids under 14. These facts will never cease to scare me. However, they can be prevented. Below are 6 safety tips I use that can ease some worry for parents as this summer wraps up.
- Learn CPR
Knowing CPR is well worth the cost and time! Taking an online CPR course at Red Cross is about 25 bucks and takes one hour.
Always watch your kid in the water
Watch your kids if you are by the water — whether they are in or out — with no distractions. Always be within arms reach of your young kids — even if you are in a kiddy pool. They can easily fall or get pushed under the water without your notice.
Use life jackets or flotation devices
These are great for helping your kid stay afloat, but keep in mind they should never be used as a substitution for supervision.
If your child is missing – check the pool first
For younger kids, it can just take 20 seconds for them to drown. If you lose sight of your kid, always check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and make sure to scan all around the edges.
Stay in the shallow end
Keep your kid in the shallow end, even if they know how to swim. If they were to get pushed down or get a cramp, they should be able to put their feet on the ground.
Get your kids in swimming lessons as soon as you can! Four years old and up is the most recommended age to start, as they are usually developmentally ready by then. But keep in mind every child is different, and your kids may not be ready by then. Again, even if your child knows how to swim, this does not mean you can let them swim where they want with no supervision. Accidents still happen. However, knowing how to swim and stay afloat is still a great asset to preventing drowning.
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