Water Play Safe with Children
Most young children
love swimming and being in the water in
general, but did you know that in the water
is actually one of the most dangerous places
that your child can be? In fact, it is
possible for a child to drown in as little
as just a few inches of water. At the same
time, you do not want to let the potential
danger of water keep your child from being
able to experience going swimming, fishing,
or spending a fun day at the beach. Instead,
there are just some basic safety precautions
that you will want to keep in mind so as to
keep your child safe.
Always Have Your Child
Wear a Life Jacket or "Floaties"
Even if your child
knows how to stay afloat, it is always best
to be safe and put some kind of flotation
device on your child that you can rely on.
Many parents make the false assumption that
a pool water noodle or inflatable raft is
safe enough, but the fact is that these can
deflate or your child can easily fall off of
one of these. By having a life jacket or "floaties"
actually attached to your child, you can
best ensure safety.
Enroll Your Child in
Most parents and
guardians do not realize that children as
young as a year old can take swimming
lessons. Also, studies have shown that
children ages 1-4 who have taken swim
lessons have a smaller chance of drowning
than those who do not. Of course, you should
never see swimming lessons as a substitute
for close adult supervision, but having your
child taught the basics of pool and water
safety can make a huge difference.
Even with careful adult
supervision, the fact remains that accidents
can happen. Therefore, it is a good idea for
you, as a parent or guardian, to know CPR.
After all, in the event of a water rescue,
you will most likely need to use it if the
child is unresponsive. This method could
save a child's life and is not very
difficult to learn. You can likely find a
local CPR class to enroll in for free or for
a very low cost, so be sure to look into it
if you do not know CPR already.
Teach Your Child Water
Most public pools have
"no running" signs clearly marked, in
addition to other notices such as "shallow
water - no diving." However, you should
never assume that your child has seen or
read the signs. Instead, you should teach
your child that running is never allowed
near a pool and that you should never dive
into a shallow end. Furthermore, teach your
child that horseplay, such as playfully
pushing another child underwater, is never
By keeping these water safety tips in mind,
your child can enjoy the fun and excitement
of water activities without you needing to
stress out in the process.
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our children’s
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
slightest doubt about any aspect of caring
for a child you are urged to seek qualified,
specialist advice from a professional
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