Young children, like most adults, love water. Some of their best memories will be splashing around in a pool or in a lake or on a beach. However, water safety for kids is critical, as drowning happens quickly and usually without warning.
Drowning: what you need to know
“Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five.
Babies and toddlers are top-heavy, which makes them susceptible to drowning. If a baby falls into even shallow water, she can’t always lift herself out. Drowning can occur quickly and quietly, without any warning noises.” – raisingchildren.net.au
Water Safety Basics
100% supervision. We can’t stress this enough. Always, always stay with your child and watch him or her whenever they are near water – even if they can swim. This means unbroken visual contact and always keeping them within arms reach. Be in a constant state of being ready to respond quickly, should a situation arise.
Learn First Aid: Everyone
“First aid is an essential skill for the entire family to learn. Learning CPR and what to do in an emergency could save your child’s life.” – raisingchildren.net.au
Other Safety Tips…
- Remember that a young child can drown in as little as 5 cm of water
- Remove containers with water from them around the house
- Neave leave baby baths full of water once you’re done
- Drain sinks, tubs, pools when not in use
- Keep fish bowls and aquariums out of reach of children
- Fence off the area between the house and any bodies of water.
- Teach your child not to go near the dam, creek or water tank without you.
- Secure a toddler-proof lid over any water tanks.
- Fence off, drain or seal ponds if your child or visiting children are less than five years of age.
- Always stay with your child when he is playing in or near the sea, lakes or rivers. Hold your toddler’s hand near waves and when paddling in rivers.
- Take your child only to patrolled beaches where surf lifesavers are present, and swim only between the flags.
- Teach your school-age child what to do if she needs help – stay calm, float and raise an arm to signal to a lifeguard or lifesaver.
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