Children and Water Safety

Dollarphotoclub_85627230Keeping our children safe is a priority both inside and outside. Whether children are swimming at a home pool or in natural bodies of water, with friends or with family, water safety is always key.

“Kids need constant supervision around water — whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, a fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or a lake. Young children are especially at risk — they can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water…”

 Three important things you can do to keep your child safe are:

  • Always supervise your child in the water—even if your child knows how to swim.
  • If you have a pool, use multiple barriers to keep your child away from the pool when you’re not around. A four-sided fence is an ideal barrier.
  • If possible, learn CPR.

Remember to always protect your skin and your child’s skin while out in the sun:

“Don’t forget the sunscreen and reapply often, especially if the kids are getting wet. UV sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing also can help provide sun protection.”

If you or a child should sustain a foot or ankle injuries this summer call Dr. Hollander, 707-578-1222, for an appointment!

For further reading on Swimming Safety Tips: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/water_safety.html