Let’s go to the pool: Water safety tips!

Now that the kids are out for summer vacation it’s time to have some fun. Whether you have a family vacation planned for the beach, Disney World, grandparents’ house, or summer camp, be mindful of your child’s whereabouts around pool waters. Renee McCabe the Injury Prevention and SafeKids Greater Augusta Coordinator states, “Drowning is the number one killer of children under the ages of 4. However, parents can be cool at the pool and prevent tragedy with these simple steps.”

Water Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know:
• Make sure kids are joined by a grown-up consistently when in or around pool regions

• Only swim in assigned swimming regions

• Watch for indications of drying out and heat depletion as these may prompt a potential suffocating

• Never let your kids swim alone, consistently utilize the mate framework

• if there should be an occurrence of a crisis, ensure you have the fundamental devices to push the youngster to wellbeing. For example ring floats, swim floats and arriving at surveys

• If you have a pool at home ensure that you know about your state’s laws with respect to private pools. You can enable youngster to confirmation your pool by setting up a fence around the parameters of the pool, buying trouble alerts or pool cautions that can recognize submerged development, or by buying a pool spread.

• Do not allow kids to swim or play close to channels, this can turn out to be conceivably deadly

“It’s Not What It Seems”: Know The Difference:
Sea-going pain is no less risky than a suffocating casualty. Somebody who is encountering amphibian misery may give a large number of similar indications that are related with suffocating, however it for the most part doesn’t keep going as long. Indications of oceanic misery can include:

• Hyperventilating or gasping for air
• Tilting head back with mouth open
• Head is low in the water, with mouth at or beneath water level

• Hard time focusing
• Inability to move legs in a kicking motion
In spite of prevalent thinking, suffocating isn’t constantly distinguished by thrashing your arms noticeable all around and shouting for help. Suffocating is frequently calm and may not look intense. An individual who is suffocating may give indications of:

• Silence – A victim may become quiet and unable to shout for help
• Continuously holding breath under water and coming back up for air
• Inability to wave or sign on the grounds that the characteristic sense of the body is to push down on the water surface

• Positioning in the water may be vertical with no movement

Flotation Devices
• Make sure your kids have legitimate fitting, Coast Guard-affirmed buoyancy gadgets (life vests), and be certain your kid wears them at whatever point they are close to water

• Check the height, weight and size recommendations that are provided on the label of your life jacket
• Have your child try on the life jacket to make sure it fits snugly
• Have your kid take a stab at the existence coat to ensure it fits cozily

As always, if you notice any of signs of possible drowning, call 911 immediately!

Attached here is a useful resource to find swimming lessons in your area:
http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming

From infants to youths, kids start things out at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. To discover more visit augustahealth.org/chog or call 706-721-KIDS (5437) to make an arrangement for your youngster today.

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