Water Safety Advice
Here are some tips to make your time in and around the water this summer a safe one.
- Most children can learn to swim at around 5 years of age.
- Encourage ALL your children to learn how to swim. With the huge success of water parks, most children want to venture onto the slides and rides, some of which land in deep water. (And it's never too late for adults to learn, too!) You can check with your local recreation center, athletic club or public pools for information on classes and lessons.
- After lessons, rinsing with fresh water helps to keep the chlorine from irritating the skin. Try to keep infants and toddlers from swallowing the chlorinated water, and never forcibly submerge them.
- Even children who know how to swim should be supervised at ALL times when around the water, and NEVER be left to swim alone.
- Keep a phone by the pool for emergencies; it should be used to dial 9-1-1 if needed, not to converse while watching the children.
- NEVER allow children to dive into shallow water, or water where the depth is unknown or not visible, it may contain hidden hazards.
- If you must leave the pool area to answer the doorbell or get the telephone (or for any other reason), take the child with you.
- Empty wading pools between uses; children can drown in as few as 2 inches of water.
If you would like more complete information, check the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Above all, have fun and don't forget the sunscreen!
Article written by Regina M. Opalach, M.D. (a.k.a. "Dr. O"), Colorado Kids Pediatrics, (303) 632-3630
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