Who doesn’t love being in the water? Particularly on a hot day when the sun is beating down on you. Kids obviously enjoy splashing about in it. There’s nothing wrong with having fun in the water, whether it’s by the pool or at the beach. The problems come from the fact that water can be dangerous. It can be unforgiving and if you are not careful your children could face real trouble and even drown.
In fact, drowning is the second biggest cause of infant deaths, according to the CDC. With that in mind then, you will always obviously want to keep your family safe, and although you will want to chill out and let them splash to their heart’s content, you need to take some important safety tips.
Invest the Right Kind of Safety Gear
Unfortunately, there is a lot of equipment and gear that is marketed for use in pools and at the beach that is not safe. Floaties are designed as toys and not considered adequate anti-drowning aids. So, if you are going to get some for your pool or when you are away on vacation, just remember that. You will still need to invest in either some life jackets or the best swim vests for toddlers.
These, along with the watchful eye and vigilant spirit of their parents.
Take Your Little One for Swimming Lessons
The sooner the better, is how we would respond with regards to when you should start teaching your infant how to swim. Although the thought used to be that 4 years and older was the magic number, there is new evidence to suggest it is beneficial to start as soon as your children are 1 year old. What they can learn in those lessons even at that early age can help prevent them from drowning
Never Leave Children Without Adult Supervision
Read any blog post, pamphlet, leaflet or book and the same thing will be repeated and again. Never leave children alone without adult supervision, anywhere they are. That is true of the swimming pool or if you go to the beach or some other body of water. Even turning your back on them for a few minutes can prove deadly.
So, don’t do it.
You may think it’s okay if you are at a beach where there are lots of lifeguards or at the swimming pool with lots of attendants, that your child will be okay. But you never know when disaster might strike, and you need to think fast and save your child. This is especially true if you have your own pool at home. Being able to perform CPR properly on your child makes all the difference between whether they live or die. That sounds pointed, but it’s true.
We hope this post proves helpful to you. The aim of it was not to scare you, but rather to inform you and give you some guidance to prevent your child from being another drowning victim statistic.