Water Safetyenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-waterSafe-enHD-AR1.gifKids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe.swimming pools, pools, water wings, water safety, diving boards, shallow end, swim team, swim lessons, swimming lessons, keeping my child safe in the water, drownings, baby pools, life jackets, life preservers, sailboats, speedboats, tubing, inner tubes, boating accidents, wading pools, flotation devices, swimmies, swim vests, spas, hot tubs, jellyfish, portguese man-of-wars, waves, surfboards, surfing, rip currents, tides, life guards, lifeguards, general pediatrics, emergency medicine, emergency room, swim clubs, community pools, life vests, riptides, undertows, beach, rivers, lakes, ponds, water parks, water slides, wave pools03/22/200007/15/201907/15/2019Sarah K. Romero, MD05/23/20192d655ca4-ced3-416b-875a-84c876f10510https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety.html/<h3>Why Is Water Safety Important?</h3> <p>Water safety isn't just about keeping kids safe in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-pools.html/">pool</a>. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-bathroom.html/">Bathroom water safety</a> is also important. And things you might not think about &mdash; like catchment ponds, drainage ditches and runoff areas in your neighborhood &mdash; can be a hazard.</p> <h4>Drowning Facts</h4> <p>In the U.S.:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-drowning.html/">Drowning</a> is a leading cause of injury-related death in children, especially those younger than 4 and teens.</li> <li>Most kids with nonfatal drowning injuries need <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">emergency room</a> care. Half of them will need further care, often in a hospital.</li> <li>Surviving a drowning can leave someone with severe brain damage &mdash; 5%-10% of childhood drowning cases result in long-term disability, such as persistent vegetative state or quadriplegia (the loss of use of all four limbs and torso).</li> </ul> <p>How kids drown varies by age:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Under age 1: Babies most often drown in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-bathtubs.html/">bathtubs</a>, buckets, and toilets.</li> <li>1&ndash;4 years old: Young children most often drown in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.</li> <li>Older kids, teens, and young adults: Most drownings in these age groups happen in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-outdoors.html/">natural bodies of water</a>, such as lakes and rivers.</li> </ul> <p>So it's important for parents to know about how to protect kids, avoid risks, and respond in an emergency.</p> <h3>Water Safety Basics</h3> <p><strong>Supervision is rule #1.</strong> Kids must be watched whenever they're around water. This is true whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, an ocean, or a lake.</p> <p>Young children are especially at risk. They can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water. That means drowning can happen in a sink, toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater.</p> <p>Always watch children closely when they're in or near any water, no matter what their swimming skills. Even kids who know how to swim can be at risk for drowning. For instance, a child could slip and fall on the pool deck, lose consciousness, and fall into the pool and possibly drown.</p> <p>Young kids and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm's reach to provide "touch supervision."</p> <p><strong>Swimming lessons.</strong> Swimming lessons are an important part of water safety. Kids can start taking them at age 1. Younger kids often begin with water survival skills training (like learning how to roll onto their back and float). Along with swimming lessons, this training can reduce the risk of drowning in kids ages 1&ndash;4. Kids and parents often can take these classes together. Check local recreation centers for classes taught by a qualified instructor. If you don't know how to swim, consider taking lessons.</p> <p>You also can search online for classes:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ymca.net/watersafety">YMCA</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming/swim-lessons">Red Cross</a></li> </ul> <p>Learn more about how to keep your kids safe in and on the water &mdash; whether they're in the bathtub, on a boat, in your backyard pool, or out and about.</p> <h3>Bathroom Water Safety</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-bathroom.html/">Find out</a> how to keep young kids safe in and around the tub.</li> </ul> <h3>Pool Safety</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-pools.html/">Think safety</a> if you have a a pool, pond, spa, or hot tub on your property.</li> </ul> <h3>Water Safety Outdoors</h3> <ul> <li>Swimming in a pool is different from swimming in a lake or the ocean. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-outdoors.html/">Here's what you need to know</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do in an Emergency</h3> <p>If a child is missing, always check the pool or other body of water first. Survival depends on a quick rescue and restarting breathing as soon as possible:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If you find a child in the water, get the child out while calling loudly for help. If someone else is nearby, have them call 911.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check to make sure the child's air passages are clear. If the child is not breathing, start <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/">CPR</a> if you are trained to do so. Follow the instructions the 911 emergency operator gives.</li> <li>If you think the child has a neck injury, such as from diving: <ul> <li>Keep the child on his or her back.</li> <li>Brace the neck and shoulders with your hands and forearms to help keep the neck from moving until emergency help arrives. This can help prevent further injury to the spine.</li> <li>Keep the child still and speak in calm tones to keep the child comforted.</li> </ul> </li> </ul>Seguridad en el aguaLa seguridad en el agua no consiste simplemente en vigilar a los niños. Es importante que los padres sepan cómo proteger a sus hijos, evitar riesgos y responder ante una emergencia.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/water-safety-esp.html/770126b6-e619-4faf-b6f7-d319bcd65f58
Backyard and Pool: Household Safety ChecklistUse these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your backyard and pool area. You should answer "yes" to all of these questions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist-backyard.html/060712ea-ed55-475b-b5e8-bfec804b8755
Bathroom Water SafetyAlways supervise young kids in the bath to keep them safe. Here are other bathroom water safety tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-bathroom.html/86bcf3e7-7875-4dec-aa09-53cda24ad80a
Household Safety: Preventing DrowningWater safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here's how to reduce drowning risks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-drowning.html/7d1f4c01-4494-4797-8568-5ef4e5be6720
JellyfishJellyfish can sting swimmers - ouch! Find out more about these quietly creepy sea creatures.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/jellyfish.html/cd834953-7c37-44ad-a43a-ba2325b0eb5a
Jellyfish StingsFrolicking in the ocean is a summertime rite of passage, but a jellyfish sting can spoil the fun. Here's how to handle it if someone in your family gets zapped by one of these mysterious sea creatures.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/jellyfish.html/a68ae46a-1d8a-4570-a53e-919e2519c46c
Outdoor Water SafetySwimming in an open body of water (like a river, lake, or ocean) is different from swimming in a pool. Here are some tips based on the type of water.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-outdoors.html/f5725b21-8ec4-43a0-905c-c45c4b17dfa7
Pool SafetyHaving a pool, pond, spa, or hot tub on your property is a huge responsibility when it comes to safety. Here’s how can you keep kids – yours and others – safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/water-safety-pools.html/293286a4-5377-4593-87b4-97d6505cd99a
Stay Safe CenterGo outside! Just be safe out there. Find out how to handle stinging bugs, thunderstorms, sunny days, and icy cold days, too.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/safety-center.html/0acc5bd6-f0b8-4af0-8ca8-10062d83d20f
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Summer Safety CenterWant to avoid summer hazards so you can focus on the fun? This center offers tips for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/summer-center.html/714f039c-b155-4f8a-81ec-8e8e7eab6762
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/da79a667-8579-45a4-bb16-268bfd4c4005
SwimmingKids love to spend hot days splashing around in a pool or the ocean. But drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Learn how to be safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swim.html/a572c53c-4901-4d39-8361-2cfb95dd264f
Water SafetySwimming and other water sports are a great way to beat the heat. Read this article to find out how you can stay safe at the pool, beach, lake - and even the water park.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/water-safety.html/498bf5d2-07a7-4aea-9c08-219c592a1230
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