31 Aug Nine safety rules for children in the pool or the sea
For the little ones, it is a pleasure to splash around in the water, whether in the sea, in a river, or in the pool… For their part, parents must not let their guard down at any time.
Holidays in the pool or the sea are the favorite of children, but there are some dangers. Here are nine safety rules for children in the pool or in the sea that must be respected to avoid frights.
Tips for child safety in the water
Beware Of Children Bathing In Lakes Or Rivers
there may be stones, currents, holes, algae… fresh water may not be so “sweet.” Sleeves are a must.
Beware Of Heatstroke In Minors
The baby’s skin is especially delicate. It is necessary to avoid baths during the hottest hours. Apply sunscreen after each bath and protect the child with sunglasses and a hat. And don’t hesitate to put a t-shirt on it.
Do Not Let The Child Bathe Alone
It is necessary to explain to children, even the smallest, the risks of water and some unavoidable rules: never bathe alone, always tell an adult, do not push other children. .. And, in the face of the slightest disobedience, you have to be consistent: the bath is over and the child has to get out of the water.
Do Not Delegate To Others
Does the beach have surveillance? Is there a lifeguard always near the water? The bathing area (sea, pool…) is not a nursery, and parents are the first responsible for the safety of their children. You have to bathe with them and not lose sight of them. If it is a group vacation, the adults should divide the task to take care of two or three children each.
Armbands Or Floats For Children Who Do Not Know How To Swim
A basic rule, children who do not know how to swim are safer with armbands than with floats. With a float around her waist, if the child is upside down, she will have neither the strength nor the psycho-motor ability to stand up straight. And as for vests, they often ride up and stay around the head. Another advantage of the sleeves: the balance in the water is better perceived.
Do Not Put The Child In The Water Without Getting Wet First
The body overheated by the sun, when suddenly plunged into the cold water, can suffer a hydrocution, that is, a cardiorespiratory arrest. That is why it is necessary to wet the neck, arms, and legs and enter the water slowly.
Tips For Bathing In The Sea With Your Children
You must bathe only in the delimited areas. These areas are not chosen at random: they are the farthest from the rocks, from the dangerous currents… You also have to respect the flags: with the orange one, and even more so with the red one, it is better not to go to the beach. Waves, currents, tides… the sea can be a dangerous medium.
Care In The Pool With Children
Children are not aware of the danger that this familiar space entails and they are not able to calculate by eye whether they will stand or not. Access to a private pool must be provided with a barrier that closes it. And the adult should never leave the edge of the pool, not even pick up the phone. When the bath is over, remove all toys and floating objects to prevent children from being tempted to pick them up. Even in an inflatable pool, you have to watch the little ones.
Give Him Confidence
The more comfortable the child feels in the water, the less he will panic if a problem arises. To do this, you have to play with him, splash him gently, teach him little by little to put his head underwater, and explain to him that he has to close his mouth underwater. When he swallows the water, you have to smile and congratulate him. Floating relaxed, next to the adult, is within the reach of the little ones and is the first step toward swimming.
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