There is no better way to cool off during the summer than to swim or play in water. Unfortunately, water can be dangerous — it is the top cause of injury-related deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 4, reports Safe Kids Worldwide. Whether you are at a lake, the beach, or even your pool at home, following these tips will help your family to stay safe while still having fun.
Pool and Water Safety for Kids
Teach Your Kids to Swim
By age 4, kids should start taking swimming lessons. In some cases, it may even be possible for a child to start at a younger age, but you should consult with your doctor first.
Supervise Your Kids at All Times
Babies and young children can drown in less than two inches of water, warns KidsHealth. Even if your children are competent swimmers, they still require supervision at all times. When away from home, only swim in designated areas where a lifeguard is present and never let kids of any age swim alone. Keep young children within arm’s reach at all times.
Use Life Jackets
Children who are just learning to swim should wear a flotation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard whenever they are in or around water. For kids under the age of 5, choose a life vest with a strap between the legs and a support at the head to keep their faces out of the water.
Never allow kids to have competitions that could put their health in danger, such as holding their breath or swimming underwater for long periods of time, advises the American Red Cross.
Limit Time in Cold Water
If you notice that your child is shivering or suffering from muscle cramps, leave the water immediately. Staying wet could lead to hypothermia.
Water reflects UV light, increasing the risk of short-term and permanent damage to the eyes. Protect your kids by making sure that they always wear sunglasses when around water. Check out Real Kids’ collection to find the perfect pair of shades.