May is National Water Safety Month and we wanted to share some helpful water tips and resources for you and your little to stay safe in the water! Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).
For me, having my little one know water safety was and still is very important. I grew up in the water, my Mom always told me I was swimming before I could walk. So when it came to my little guy I wanted to know he would be safe being a little fish! I came across the program Infant Swim Resources and had my son in swim lessons when he was ten months old. I will admit, it is not for all parents or children, but if it is important to you then you will definitely find the program helpful. Their mission is, “Not One More Child Drowns,” and they believe that the most important part of drowning prevention is to teach children the skills they need to save their lives. Before my son’s first birth he was able to “fall” in a pool, hold his breath under water, turn himself around, and float on his back.
– Stay close and always be alert. You should never leave a child unattended near water.
– Teach your children basic water safety. It is never too early for a child to learn about water and swim basics.
– Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and any other openings around pools. Any small spaces and enclosures can be dangerous.
– If a nanny, another family member, or a friend is watching your little one at the pool make sure you inform them of your child’s ability and reinforce to them the importance of staying alert.
– Learn CPR! It could save a life, this is a great tool to have in your back pocket.
– If you own a pool, make sure you have all the proper safety equipment installed and around. For example, lockable safety covers, self-closing and self-latching gates, and/or pool and gate alarms.
– If you go boating, always wear a life jacket.