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Keeping Kids Safe At the Pool

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Summer vacation means spending a lot of time around the water. Families create many happy memories of time at a lake house, a favorite beach, an exciting weekend at a favorite water park, or a backyard pool. Many people think an accident in the water won't happen, but safety must always be a priority when you spend time in the water. A 2024 report from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention states that between 2020 and 2022, accidental deaths by drowning had increased significantly from 2019. The report indicates that the leading cause of death of children between the ages of one and four is accidental drowning.

Most people think that a drowning accident will never happen in their family. Drowning is something that happens to someone else. Drowning accidents can happen to great parents who watch their kids and have fun in the water. If your vacation will involve spending significant time around the water, you should learn about the precautions to take to stay safe.

Safety Precautions To Take Before Your Vacation

Water competency is essential for kids. Kids who learn water competency have up to 88% less chance of a drowning accident. Experts recommend enrolling your child in swimming lessons as early as possible. Parents should understand that swimming lessons before a beach or lake vacation aren't a one-time concept. Swimming lessons for kids should be ongoing while they're growing up. Kids who are confident and understand water safety are less likely to be victims of a drowning accident. Even if your child has had swimming lessons, a refresher course around the water before a vacation is recommended.

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Parents may enroll their infant in a swimming class. There isn't evidence that there's a lower drowning risk for infants. However, a parent and baby water class is an excellent way to get a young child used to the water. Most pediatricians recommend waiting to start swimming lessons when your child is between four and six months or when they can hold their head up.

Water safety should begin at home. Parents should talk to their kids about how much fun it can be to be in the water. However, it's also essential for parents to be direct and tell their children that as much fun as it is, it can be hazardous. Parents should explain that everyone must follow rules posted at beaches, pools, and water parks. Kids should understand that they have to listen to adults and lifeguards when they're around water. It's a good idea for parents to know how to administer first aid and CPR. Enrolling in a class before vacation teaches what you must know in the event of an emergency. Parents could be the first line of defense before an emergency team arrives.

An actual drowning isn't what movies and television portray. Most people aren't struggling in the water and shouting for help. Drowning is often silent and can happen quickly, in as little as 30 seconds. A person in trouble in the water may appear to be swimming or treading water without progressing. Certain body positions could indicate a person is a drowning victim. The person's hair may be over their forehead or face. The eyes may be glassy, closed, or unable to focus. The person's head may be tilted back and mouth open. The head may be low in the water.


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