When the temperature rises or you are on holiday in a warmer climate, there is not much else better than taking a trip to the beach or a dip in the pool. It’s the perfect way for all the family to cool off, even your young ones. However, there are various dangers you need to be aware of when you take your toddler or infant into the water.
The CDC has reported, for instance, that the second biggest cause of death to children between the ages of 1 and 4 years is drowning, coming second only to congenital defects. That is a serious statistic that should not be overlooked or dismissed. With that in mind, we wanted to share on the blog some of the most important tips to ensure your young children and toddlers are safe in the water.
Get Them Lessons As Soon As You Can
There used to be a lot of concern about whether it was right or not to give children under the age of 4 years swimming lessons. The worry was that it made parents too overconfident in their children’s abilities. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated more recently that it can be beneficial to start children with swimming lessons as early as 1-year-old.
Use the Right Safety Gear
There is some gear used in swimming pools and on beaches that are often wrongly marketed as being suitable for safety but don’t provide any real benefits in that regard. Inflatable products, for instance, like plastic inner tubes, noodles and floaties do not provide protection against drowning and are more water toys than safety tools.
The main tool in keeping your children safe in the water is you and your spouse/partner/co-parent. Aside from that though you should also look at investing in the best swim vests for toddlers.
Some Noteworthy Anti-Drowning Tips
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there has been a reported decrease in drowning since 1985. To help your child to avoid becoming another statistic, here are some essential anti-drowning tips.
- Responsible adults should always be around when children are playing in any body of water, including buckets, toilets and bathtubs, pools, and the ocean. Toddlers can very easily drown if they get stuck with their head submerged underwater, regardless of where the water is.
- Adults need to swim at an arms-length away from toddlers
- Adults, whether care providers or parents, should consider learning CPR
- Always swim in the ocean in an area close to the beach, like a separate and safer lagoon and make sure there is a lifeguard in attendance.
- Most importantly, don’t allow children to go anywhere near water when they are not with an adult. There have been many terrible accidents in the past that have been occurred because parents don’t take the necessary precautions. All it takes is one door opened and your child has the chance to go into the back yard, if you have a pool, and either going in or falling in.
Water can be dangerous for children, but only if you don’t give it the respect it deserves and take the necessary precautions. Hopefully, the information above will help you to keep your toddlers and infants safe around water.