5 Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention
posted by The Live Better Team | May 22, 2019
Distractions can be dangerous in just about any situation, but when you’re near the water with your little ones, distractions such as cell phones, food, alcohol or even small talk can be fatal. When it comes to water safety, the best tip you can receive is to get rid of all distractions. Keep your eyes on your children at all times, and make sure they’re always within arm’s reach of an adult whenever they are in or near water.
Designate a responsible adult who is free from distractions to watch young children while in the water, even if there is a lifeguard on duty. If you have to run to the restroom or leave the area for even a moment, take your child with you or have another adult take over your watch.
Teach your young children to never go near water without a grownup. If your children are older, make sure they swim with a partner—even teens shouldn’t swim alone. If a buddy is not available, do not let your child swim.
Swimming lessons can teach children vital water survival skills, including:
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a great resource to help parents learn more about swimming lessons.
Whenever you set water safety rules, make an effort to explain why you set them and that they will help keep your children safe. For example, explain to your children why life vests are important and teach them about the dangers of swimming in an open body of water, such as riptide, currents and undertow.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.