Enjoying a Safe and Sunny Summer Swim with Your Baby

Summer is the time for fun in the sun and attempting to stay cool often leads us toward the water. Although swimming can be enjoyable, it can also be dangerous. When retreating to the water this summer it is very important to know and follow safety rules carefully.

 

First off, young children have fair and sensitive skin, you should apply sunscreen before and every hour during the time you are outside; a light bonnet or hat is also advised.

 

You should remember that babies and toddlers can drown in as little as one inch of water. There should be an adult to supervise at all times, never allow another child to watch your baby even for a second.

 

Pools should always have safety equipment and self closing, self latching gates of appropriate height.

 

Even if accompanied by an adult a child should always wear an approved and size appropriate life jacket; inflatables are not effective life saving devices.

 

Make sure pools are properly chlorinated and natural bodies of water are pollutant free and approved for swimming. Be careful at ponds and beaches as weeds can often entangle one’s legs or algae can make for a slippery walking area which can bring even an adult to loose their footing. Be watchful of water currents and stay clear of piers as they are usually stronger there. The immediate area should be checked for sharp objects or ocean sea life.

 

Never submerge an infant under 6 months as they may naturally hold their breath but often continue to swallow.

 

Young toddlers playing at the edge of water should always have an adult within arms reach.

 

Staying cool can be fun for the whole family but following safety advice can reduce unnecessary accidents.

 

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