It’s summer! Pools and lakes are filled with kids getting wet and playing with their friends.
School is out; vacations are on. – but summer play can carry risks. Doctors often see a rise in injuries related to things swimming and other summer recreational activities.
Do your kids know how to swim? Water safety can be one of the most important things you and your children master this summer.
Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from these activities while helping everyone stay safe and healthy.
- Parents and babysitters play a key role in protecting children from drowning. When kids are in or near water, closely supervise them at all times.
- Help prevent recreational water illnesses, which is illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in. Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water. Take kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area–not poolside–to keep germs away from the pool.
- Stay safe while boating by wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
Talk to your pediatrician about more tips for keeping your kids safe in the water.Tags: kids health, kids swimming, swim classes, swim safety, water safety