WITH SUMMER almost here, families will be spending more time at the pool or beach. While wading through water provides relief from the scorching sun, it also poses dangers for your children. Here’s what you need to know about water safety.
SUPERVISION IS KEY
Children ages 14 and younger are the most likely age group to die from drowning, and children are more likely to drown in Florida than in any other state. Constant supervision is key. Always keep your eyes on swimmers; never get distracted by cellphones, texting, etc.
INVEST IN SWIMMING LESSONS AND LIFE JACKETS
Swimming lessons are recommended for children as young as one, per the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even if children know how to swim, they should always wear a life jacket, especially if under the age of four or when riding in a boat. If your child is swimming in open water, choose a site with lifeguards.
BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING
Take a CPR certification class, have a first-aid kit on hand at all times, and have a cellphone ready to dial 911. This can mean the difference between life and death for your child.
DON’T FORGET SUNSCREEN, SNACKS, AND HYDRATION
Food can help prevent hypoglycemia or faintness, sunscreen will protect your child’s skin, and hydration will help prevent overheating.
KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE AND HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
Call (863) 293-2144 to schedule a checkup at Pediatric Partners. Our team of providers can answer your questions about the health and wellness of your children.
This column is sponsored by Pediatric Partners.
column by EMILY SULLIVAN, PA-C
BIO: Emily Sullivan, PA-C, is a pediatrician with Pediatric Partners in Winter Haven, Florida. Emily is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, Florida, and has a strong passion for pediatric medicine. She works intently with each patient to create a relationship that allows for more personalized care.