It's that time of year again when kids are out of school and parents are looking for ways to beat the heat and keep the family entertained. Unfortunately, summer is also the season when we see the number of accidental drownings increase.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, and most of those drownings occur in home swimming pools. In fact, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children 1-4, surpassed only by birth defects and congenital abnormalities.
Because all of our clients fall within that age demographic, we want to help educate parents.
Here are some ways you can keep your children safe this summer.
1) It should go without saying, but never leave a child unattended or unsupervised around water. This doesn't just mean when they're in the swimming pool, this includes bath time and splash time in kiddy pools, as well. With babies and toddlers, an adult should always be within physical reach of the child. Don't leave an older child to supervise a younger one, either. Make sure their is a responsible adult around at all times.
2) Limit distractions. If you are pacing around the backyard on your cell phone, are you really paying attention to your children. Drowning is silent and quick. A momentary distraction is all it takes for a child to go under.
3) Learn CPR. Everyone at Infant Crisis Services is CPR certified. We're surrounded by dozens of babies every day. We know it is important and can save a life. This is especially true when it comes to water safety.
4) Floaties are toys not safety devices. Arm floaties or even floating baby seats are not meant to be used in place of adult supervision. Just because your child is wearing or using a flotation device in a swimming pool, they can still drown if now properly supervised.
Finally, if you have a swimming pool in your backyard or even on the grounds of your apartment complex, keep your doors locked, and even dead-bolted if possible, so your curious tot can't slip out without your knowledge.
Posted on Wed, June 11, 2014
by Melissa Smuzynski