The weather is warming up, and if you have kids you know that means it’s pool season — that happy time of year when a body of water will occupy your children for hours on end, tiring them out and giving you a break. But summer pool time can also harbor water-related dangers. So it’s important that their safety is given utmost priority.
Today, we’ll be discussing some tips as gathered by the director of association aquatics at the YMCA of San Diego County about keeping safe while in the water. We’re sharing these tips for a stress-free summer in the pool!
Safety Tip 1: Get swim lessons for your kids
What parents need to keep in mind when getting children pool-ready is to secure swim lessons for them. When it comes to the activity of swimming, drowning is always a risk. It’s also the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death in children from ages 3 to 6.
Being safe in the water is crucial and there are options when it comes to swim lessons from local parks or even rec centers in your area. Your local YMCA offers group swim lessons as well as free lessons on how to keep safe around the water. Its a program that teach kids and gives them skills like properly reaching a pool’s edge and exiting a body of water.
Tip 2: Supervise them at all times
When the little ones head to a pool, it’s important to have someone supervise them appropriately. Kids always find ways to do something they’re not supposed to so it’s crucial that adults be aware and focused.
In your local Y, chances are there’s a lifeguard on duty. So that’s a great way to be assured that you have a committed partner in keeping your children safe.
Tips 3: Learn about dry drowning
Lately, there’s been a push in awareness of dry drowning and secondary drowning. Dry drowning happens when water a child has breathed in causes their vocal cords to spasm and close up. Secondary drowning occurs after swimming or bathing from water inhaled into the lungs, causing trouble breathing. Again, prevention comes down to awareness.
While both dry drowning and secondary drowning are fairly uncommon, parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms. The symptoms for both are the same coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing and feeling extremely tired. Get medical help if your child experiences these symptoms and/or suddenly has a drop in energy or a change in behavior. But again, these conditions are extremely rare so there’s no cause for alarm. If your child has taken swim lessons and there’s an adult supervision the pool, they’re ready for some fun in the sun!