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Water Safety for Babies and Toddlers

Water Safety for Babies and Toddlers

Children of all ages love beach days or play dates at the pool. But, be aware that drownings are a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Here are a few tips to help keep your little one safe when in or around water:

  • Practice “touch supervision” with children under age 5 – always be within an arm’s length with full attention on child
  • Never leave child alone even for a minute when in water, including a bathtub
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Keep a life jacket, shepherd’s crook or safety ring with rope at poolside
  • Install a four-sided, self-latching fence around home pool
  • Install an underwater motion swimming pool alarm or have your child wear an alarm that attaches to their wrist like a wristwatch
  • Teach children to wear life jackets when on boats, docks or near bodies of water

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there is no evidence that swimming lessons prevent drownings in babies younger than age 1, but older babies may be at less risk if they have had some formal instruction.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/Drowning.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/drowning/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Water-Safety-And-Young-Children.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips-Sun-and-Water-Safety.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

http://www.webmd.com/children/features/new-pool-safety-gadgets-help-prevent-drowning#1