According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide, and the highest rates are among children. Overall, drowning death rates in the United States have declined in the last decade. However, drowning is still the leading cause of injury resulting in death among children aged 1-4 years (May 2, 2016).
For those who do not swim, a popular summer pastime like playing near the pool/lake/ocean can be dangerous, if safety measures are not in place. As parents, you must be careful when your kids are around water, even if it is the pool in your backyard. The good news is that there are many ways to ensure water safety for children. Let us look at some of them:
1. Do not leave them alone in or around the water
Never leave your toddler/child in or around the pool alone, even for a few seconds! Children are at risk of drowning even in less than six centimeters of water. Children are top heavy, their heads are heavier then their bodies which could cause them to fall into the water had first. This along with curiosity puts children/kids at a higher risk of drowning when you least expect it. Children should never be left unattended, especially when the water is shallow. If there are no swimming adults available, children should not be given access to the pool. One way to do so is to set up a barrier, as recommended by the CDC.
2. Sign them up for swimming lessons
Enrolling your kids for swimming lessons is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of water-related accidents. There are special lessons for children as young as three months. These specialty classes, are taught by qualified instructors. The instructors will not just teach them how to swim but also how to keep them safe, as well as help make your kids more comfortable and confident in the water.
3. Floatation Devices
"Water Wings” gives one a false sense of security and do not ensure water safety. This is because air-filled or foam floatation devices and are not equipped to prevent drowning. It is best to invest your time and money in swim lessons for all who do not swim. Just as you would teach your children to do life’s basics skills, so should you teach your children to swim and be able to hold their own in the water.
Swimming or playing around in the water can be an exciting and fun experience for infants/toddlers/children and adults. Get in touch with us if you are looking for swimming classes for infants/toddlers/children/adults in Oak Park, CA.