How to Teach Your Child about Swim Safety

Do your children know the basics of water safety?

Kids love to play in the water! Unfortunately, reports that drowning is the second most common cause of accidental deaths in the age range of 5 to 24. Teaching your children how to enjoy the water safely is crucial, especially during Recreational Water Injury Prevention Week, May 20-26. Here’s how give them the knowledge they need.

  • Teach them to use the buddy rule. Young child should always be accompanied by an adult while swimming. As your child reaches his teens, he may not need adult supervision, but he should always have a buddy nearby while in the water.
  • Show them how to decipher the weather. It’s not safe to swim during a lightning storm. Teach your children to stay out of the water if they’ve heard thunder any time during the last 20 minutes.
  • Help them test the waters. Not all waters are safe to swim in. Water that is too cold is especially unsafe for young children. If you are visiting the beach, teach your child how to determine when the water is too rough for swimming.
  • Explain to them when they will need a life jacket. Floatation devices are a must for beginning swimmers, especially in the ocean. If you are taking a boat trip, a life jacket must be available for each child.
  • Train them to be strong swimmers. Professional swimming lessons are the best way to protect your children from accidents in the water. Parents Magazine recommends starting lessons at age four.

Our pediatric department is available this summer, and the rest of the year, for your children. Learn more about our pediatric services and how we serve your family at our website, or call us with your questions at 972-420-1518.

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