Drowning is quick, silent, and far more common than most parents realize. It happens every day to young children even when they are well cared for.
To effectively monitor and keep your child safe during swim time, remember:
– Pay close attention to the child continuously. You don’t let yourself be distracted by other activities such as reading, playing games, using your phone, or taking care of the trees even if there is a lifeguard in the pool.
– Avoid using alcohol or drugs while supervising others.
– For young children and weak swimmers, go into the water with them. Being right next to them is essential. Even if you don’t swim but have a pool or puddle nearby, always keep children within arm’s reach. If you have to leave, take your child with you.
– Do not leave infants or young children in the care of other children.
– During parties or picnics at the pool or lake, when you are easily distracted, appoint a watchman whose duty is to keep an eye on children swimming or near the water. Pass the follow-up task to the next adult in turn after a certain amount of time (such as 15 minutes).
– Remember that the main drowning risk for 1-4 year olds is unanticipated and unsupervised access to water. Young children are naturally curious and often slip down unnoticed while no one is swimming.
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– Always use life jackets when in, on, or near natural bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, or streams. Make sure these shirts fit properly. Young children and weak swimmers should wear life jackets when going to the pool or water park.
– Know how to recognize the signs of an accident and respond when an incident occurs. Everyone, including parents, carers and older children should learn CPR and safe rescue techniques to respond to a drowning incident.
(According to Healthychildren)