With temperatures in the 100 degree range, my mind immediately and excitedly races to the idea of hitting the swimming pool. I mean I love to swim and hope that my little guy will to. But, with the desire for him to develop a similar passion does come a fair amount of fear. Recently, a young child lost his life to the dangers of the water. So, to ease my worries I recently enrolled my son in swimming lessons at a local center. With hopeful anticipation I then began scouting out all open swim times in the area. In case you are like me don’t forget the following water safety tips, let’s work together to keep are little’s safe:
- Always keep your eyes on your kiddo, accidents happen quickly and you want to be able to act fast. For kiddos under the age of 14 drowning is on the most common cause of death list. A child can drown in less than 2 minutes if their head goes under water.
- Always do a quick foot dip test; this will allow you to asses the water temperature before you dive in. Extreme water temps can shock your body. A slow descent is sometimes best with a little one.
- If possible swim with a buddy or two; the more hands and eyes on the kiddos the better.
- Use flotation devices, not only will this give you child a sense of independence and added fun but will free you up to swim a few strokes hands free.
- Remind the little ones to walk and not run, areas around the pool are very slippery.
- Keep food to outside the pool, you don’t want to choke or facilitate a messy clean up.
Remember, these are just a few ideas to keep in mind. Your parental intuition is your best guide, don’t second guess it!
Most importantly, have fun with your little and enjoy this fleeting moment with them while you can. I plan to!
As always don’t forget to be the sweet in someone’s day. BSM