Tips to Prevent Child Drowning
Hanging out at the beach or the pool is a ton of fun, especially for kids. As the summer approaches, think of the following tips so you and your kids can play by the pool without worry:
- Never leave a child unattended or with a young sibling in a swimming pool, wading pool, bathtub or hot tub.
- Pools should be fenced and gated with self-locking gates.
- Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
- Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children.
- Adults and teenagers age 14 and older who supervise children should know CPR. Studies have demonstrated that nearly drowned children given quick CPR suffered no brain damage.
- Children should be given swimming lessons but should not be considered water-safe until they are 14 years old.
- Keep small children out of bathrooms unless supervised by an adult or older child.
- Older children and even adults should not swim alone in the ocean or fast-moving rivers.
- Children should wear bright-colored flotation devices when boating.
- Don't mix alcohol, children and water.
UCLA emergency physicians