Parenting Guide: Must Know Pool Time Don’ts For Children
Pool time is a fun activity where you jump in the cool water to release the heat or for leisure exercising. It’s even a great way to get your kids moving and out of that sofa and away from gadgets.
However, this does not change the fact that a pool can become a scary and horrifying place if you don’t pay enough attention to the danger it can pose.
It is parents’ job to protect their children from imminent dangers and although pools are fun places to spend the summer, there are rules to be followed. You don’t know the extent to which these “don’ts” can protect your child now and in the future.
Biggest cause of death
You might be wondering – what are the biggest dangers that you need to protect your children from. MedlinePlus shows the three biggest cause of death in children below age 15:
- Accidents (unintended injuries)
You see that accidents are one of the biggest children killer. It ranges from accidents on the street, playgrounds, home, school and of course, the pool.
What kind of accidents can happen in a pool? Drowning, slipping, falling.
Drowning is one of the biggest issue and parents are sometimes late in realizing this. It also happens to be the 2nd biggest accident that kills children according to KidsHealth.
The difference between adults and children when experiencing drowning is that kids aren’t used to the condition and when panic strikes, they are unable to stay calm and due to their small body size, it’s hard for people to notice.
If you have your own pool, it’s good to write this up in a Word document and print it out in big size and stick it there. Even if you only have a mini pool, these rules and Don’ts are still important and vital.
1. Never jump in immediately
Especially on their first trip to a pool, never let them jump in right after they change their clothes. Teach them to always stick to certain rules and guides before swimming.
They might not even understand why they had to (which they will later when they are older). If they feel uncomfortable, do not falter.
There’s also the fact that shallow water is not meant for diving. Although some kids will enjoy jumping in, encourage them to enter the pool in a mannerly way.
If they want to jump, always jump with feet first.
2. Depth Markers
Community pools typically have depth markers. This is a marker to tell you the depth of the pool and it is good that you pay attention to this.
Depending on the location, sometimes they split the pool into two sections: one kiddy pool and another for the adults. On the other hand, some mix the pool and the depth will slide down from the shallowest to the deepest.
At this kind of pool, always warn your kids to never go beyond a certain point. You can do this by telling them to only swim where they can stand or not to go beyond a certain mark that is visible, such as decoration or light.
3. Keep your eyes peeled open
Drowning accidents can be quickly prevented if adults are attentive enough to realize this issue soon. What happens a lot, as we see on the internet, on the news and newspapers, are parents who are too busy chatting, playing with their gadgets or even leaving the site for a moment’s break.
It takes only a moment’s break to turn a fun activity into a deadly one.
4. Get them used to water
Do not teach your children to panic when their face is totally dipped in the water.
Instead, have a fun, underwater activity, such as holding your breath, to get them used to the condition so as to reduce panic when they are drowning. Calm victims are always easier to save and they survive longer.
5. Teach them swimming early on
Can babies learn to swim?
Yes! Studies and even an actual proof of a baby trained to save herself from drowning is a big eye-opener.
A mother who trained her baby girl to protect herself from drowning was once heartbroken when her baby boy drowned in the lake behind her home, reported by Parenting.
If your kids love to go to the pool, it won’t hurt to give them lessons on swimming and even self-protection in water.
This way, wherever they play with water, whether it’s a lake, the beach or a pool, they’ll at least have smaller chances of drowning. Compared to being oblivious of the danger of water, this is a better step to take.
6. Safety jackets
If your babies and children are still unable to swim, having them wear jackets and floats around their arms. Boards, floatation devices and wings are not safety measures. They create a wrong sense of safety.
7. Stay away from suction drain
Although it is rare, there have been several cases of children injured and killed by this. Parenting has an article on Abbey, an 8-year-old girl suffered from disembowelment and passed away 9 months later after a series of internal organs transplantation, due to entanglements with a suction drain.