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Most toddlers love splashing about in water. As parents, you can use this to your advantage and make them indulge in activities related to water. This will serve as a great way for them to stay physically active. However, while your kids enjoy the water activities, you need to ensure that your child is safe.
All kids love water, be it simply soaking in a bathtub, swimming in a pool or splashing water in the garden. But, every parent must ensure that their child is safe first, and only then can he be allowed to have fun. This not only lets them play uninterruptedly, but also keeps the parents satisfied. There are some safety measures that parents need to follow before exposing their children to water.
Water Safety Tips for Children
1. Stay Close
Always stay close to your child as you watch him go into water. No matter what his competency in swimming, parents should never leave their kid’s side when they are in water.
You can supervise properly when you can constantly see your child and he is within your (physical) reach. You must be near enough to respond quickly. Grasp onto your child’s hand when you are near water or if you are in a boat or any other mode of transport.
3. Getting a Child Accustomed to Water
Start by slowly explaining your child about the basics of water safety. The next step would be to start helping him to swim. A lot of children start off with the basics of swimming at an early age, and learn about safety in water quickly, once they have been familiarized with swimming pools.
4. Learn CPR
As a precautionary measure, it is important that at least one of the parents should learn the technique of performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It is a very efficient and life-saving first aid technique that can save a child’s or anybody’s life after a heart attack or getting nearly drowned.
Regular Water Safety Measures for Kids
Children below the age of 5 are more prone to drowning than kids of older ages. There are some safety measures which you need to apply on a regular basis:
- Your child should be kept away from all the water storage containers. Make sure that your child is away from any sort of water body (without your assistance) even if it’s a bucket full of water.
- Once you have bathed your baby, empty the baby bath so that your elder ones don’t jump in.
- Drain off the water from tubs, sinks and buckets once you have finished using them.
- If you have an aquarium or fish bowls in the house, keep it out of your child’s reach.
To minimize risk, parents should have constant supervision when their children are around water. Have fun in the water but be careful!