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Water Safety: Prevent Your Child From Drowning

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Playing in water has its pros and cons. It can be fun and deadly at the same time. One of the saddest but actual facts is, every kid has the risk of getting drowned even if he or she is able to swim.  Drowning is one of the most prevalent causes of injuries for children around the age of 1 to 14.  While toddlers of age 1 to 4 are the most likely and common cases of drowning in swimming pools, children of age five and above are very likely to drown as well, albeit in rivers and lakes. Did you know the death rates related to drowning are second only to deaths that occur in relation to birth defects? Therefore, learning how to prevent kids from drowning will surely help in securing your child’s life. Remember, water safety is no matter of laughter. So, let’s have a discussion on that in this article.

How Quickly Can A Child Drown?

Little children could get drowned within 25 seconds in silence. Even if the child is in a shallow part of the pool or in the baby pool, they could drown without much of a chance in saving them. Toddlers cannot scream or splash and so their plight often goes unnoticed. This is also why they are prone to drowning quickly. Interestingly, a major portion of the drowning incidents of the babies happens in various parties because everyone thinks that someone is keeping a closer eye on the pool.

Child Drowning Prevention

As there are threats of babies getting drowned, also, there are ways to prevent this situation. Dangers are everywhere for your baby and especially in the water. However, unlike many other incidences, it is very much possible to avert dangers from the water. Here are some of the ways you can do that.

1. Always Stay Within Arm’s Reach.

You cannot expect your kid to become an expert swimmer at an early age. You need to have a closer eye on them when they are playing near the pool. Also, when you are at the beach, don’t take your eyes off your baby because it could be highly dangerous. Keeping yourself at arm’s length from your baby could help you to take necessary actions when the time comes.

2. Ignore Your Phone.

Yes, it can be difficult, but you have to do it for your baby. When you are at the beach or near the pool, put your phone out of your arm’s length by putting it in a silent mode. Now, your brain will give you so many things to put you off guard and make you use the phone. That is why keeping it is a silent mode will help you to avoid your phone easily.

3. Don’t Rely On Water Wings

If your child does not know swimming, then you can allow him or her to use floatable toys in the water while you keep a close eye on your child’s activity. Well, these toys are not lifesavers. In this regard, using only the life jackets approved by the Coast Guard will be considered safe. Even so, they can never substitute human instinct in times of an emergency.

4. Be Wary Of Plastic Or Inflatable Pools

There are many experts who suggest avoiding using the baby pool as they are very much heavy and hard to empty. Also, they are not protected through covers and fences. The baby pool you are using is small in size then you need to drain the water once your baby had used it. Also, keep a close eye on your baby while he or she is inside the pool.

5. Sign Up Your Child For Swimming Lessons

Taking your child to swimming lessons is a great way to reduce the drowning risk of your child. However, if your child’s age is under 12 months, then it is not advisable to take him or her for a swimming lesson because at this stage, he or she will be in a developmental stage.  Take the decision on the basis of the physical development of the child. Also, make sure that you are taking your child to a certified trainer. It is also wise to take the trainer’s counsel on the very matter of safety.

6. When There’s A Crowd, Put A Parent On Lifeguard Duty

It is quite possible that in a party, a parent will get distracted. Also, as mentioned earlier, most drowning incidents happen in the parties; it would be wise enough to have some support in the form of a lifeguard. Hiring help in this regard will ensure the safety of your kids.

7. Teach Your Child Water Rules

In order to make your child’s memorization process easy, follow this:

  • No running in the water
  • No pushing in the water
  • No pulling other kids in the water
  • No diving in the water
  • No swimming without an adult’s observation

In this regard, you should also keep in mind that like children, adults should not swim alone as well because it is not safe for them either.

8. Learn CPR

It is very important to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. Even if your child encounters a near-drowning experience, you will be able to perform CPR before the ambulance arrives. This will surely help you to save your child’s life successfully. CPR will help to continue the blood circulation in the brain even when the heart stops. This eliminates any chances of bad outcomes.

9. Where To Get Help

If you need help with keeping a close eye on your child while he or she is in the water, you can make an elder kid friend with the child. He or she will follow your child, and you will know where your child is. However, there is no substitute for adult supervision, and as mentioned earlier, it is always wise to seek the help of a certified trainer.
To Conclude
As a responsible parent, it is your duty to protect your child from the many threats that they may encounter in the water. While it is important for them to have fun, it is also of crucial importance that they learn of these dangers and also how to prevent such mishaps. You can always consult a trainer for more counsel, and also to tutor your child on some basic swimming.

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