Preparing a swimming pool celebration for your youngster’s birthday? Or maybe your kid has been invited over for a swim at the friend’s pool party? Whatever the factor for a day out at the swimming pool, keep in mind to practice water safety.
We do not wish to dampen the fun, however, due to the fact that drowning is among the leading causes of death for toddlers and young kids worldwide. According to figures from the Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it takes 20 to 60 seconds for a person to drown.
Practice vigilance at the swimming pool and keep these water safety tips in mind to ensure your kid is safe.
Pack a swimwear for yourself
It may be an invite for the kids, however, welcome yourself too. At least one grownup needs to be there for the children in the swimming pool. Keep them within arm’s length is strongly recommended.
Lifeguards are not necessary at the pool in Singapore. However even if there is one on duty, do not leave your kid unattended. As SLSS puts it, lifeguards can minimise the threats of drowning, however, adults still need to play an important role in keeping the children safe in the pool.
Make your child use a swim jacket
Skip those inflatable toys and let your child put on a proper swim jacket. These swim jackets usually fit kids approximately 5 years old and can be purchased from sports shops or Mothercare.
Inflatable toys or mattresses may make a lovely Instagram photo. However, they don’t make great water safety props. AAP warns that these might deflate unexpectedly or children may slip off them.
Keep it enjoyable for everyone
It might be a pool celebration, but set the guidelines that the kids should not mess around. That implies, no diving in the shallow end of the swimming pool and no dunking anyone. Likewise keep other toys away from the swimming pool, like kick scooters or bicycles, to avoid unexpected injury.
Do not overestimate your child’s swimming capability
Some studies on water safety have revealed that kids in between the ages of one and four are less likely to drown if they have had official swimming lessons. Nevertheless, AAP still highly recommends adult supervision at all times.
Even if your kid seems proficient at swimming, get him out of the water right away if you notice any of these signs:
- Head low in water, mouth at water level
- Head tilted back with mouth open
- Hyperventilating or gasping (he will not scream as he is aiming to breathe).
- Trying to swim in a particular instruction or roll over on the back, but not making any headway.
- Appear to be climbing an unnoticeable ladder.
Look for instant medical attention after a near-drowning event
If a child is unresponsive after rescued from the pool, call 995 for an emergency situation ambulance.
On the other hand, the kid may appear completely fine despite the terrible near-drowning. Don’t just breathe a sigh of relief and proceed. AAP states that the child ought to have a total medical checkup to guarantee there is no damage to the respiratory system.
He might be at threat of “dry drowning” (likewise understood as “secondary drowning”), where he has a severe inflammatory reaction to water in his lungs, hours after the occurrence. Some indications include coughing, amnesia, a modification in behaviour (like drowsiness) or throwing up are enough signs for mums and dads. Do not risk it: bring your kid to the doctor right now.