Enjoy the Pool — Safely!

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We have had the best summer with both our boys (that’s them in the pool earlier this summer) on the swim team at our local YMCA. They have both improved so much! It was a lot of hard work but we are a bit sad now that the season is over. Now that they both know how to swim, w  e relax a bit more when they are in the water, but there are still important steps to take to protect them.

Consider the following tips from the TIPP program (The Injury Prevention Program) provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • Never let your child swim in any body of water without an adult watching.
  • Be sure the adult watching your child knows how to swim, get emergency help, and perform CPR.
  • Keep a life preserver and shepherd’s hook in the pool area to help pull a child to the edge of the pool when necessary.
  • Don’t let young children and children who cannot swim use inflatable toys or mattresses in water that is above the waist.
  • Watch children closely when they are playing near standing water, wells, open post holes, or irrigation or drainage ditches.
  • Teach your child to swim once he or she is ready (usually around 5 years old).
  • Teach your child safety rules and make sure they are obeyed:
  1. Never swim alone.
  2. Never dive into water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for underwater objects.
  3. Always use a life jacket when on a boat, fishing, or playing in a river or stream.

Check out the AAP Web site for other tips on water safety and the TIPP home page for injury prevention tips for your children at all ages and stages of development.

Where have you taken your kids to swim this summer?

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