Keeping 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 Swimming Lessons

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.

Learn CPR

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 Safety Rules

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 permitted.

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 advisor.

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