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5 Tips for Safe Swimming

With summer in full swing, parents and kids are heading to the pool or the beach to cool off. While swimming is often the highlight of a child’s summer, it is also the leading cause of injury-related death among children between one and four years old, and is the third leading cause of death among children, according to safekids.org. Here are five tips to keep your family safe in the water:

Tampa Bay Parenting July 2014 Pool Safety

1.The biggest and most important rule is to NEVER leave your children unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water, so make sure to keep your eyes (and ears) on them at all times.

Tampa Bay Parenting July 2014 iSwimBand

2. For parents with older kids that love to dive and go underwater, use the iSwimBand. The iSwimBand can be worn on your child’s head or arm, and will alert you when your child has been submerged dangerously long, or if your non-swimmer, such as a younger child enters the water. The alert is sent straight to your iOS device and is not a replacement for watching your swimmer, but will give you added peace of mind. $100, iSwimBand.com

Tampa Bay Parenting 2014 July CPR Training

3. Learn CPR. This could save your child’s life. If someone else takes them to the pool regularly, make sure that they learn CPR as well.  Local hospitals such as St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital offer community CPR classes. You can also find CRP classes, including compression only CPR, at the American Heart Association.

Tampa Bay Parenting July 2014 Konfidence Swimwear

4. Teach your smaller children to wear protective gear around the pool. Whether it is a flotation vest or water wings, make sure your child knows the importance of staying afloat. Konfidence baby and youth swim gear offers a range of protective swimwear with built in floats. $25-$80, Konfidence-USA.com

 

5. Teach your child to swim. Whether it is through swim classes or teaching your child the basics, if a child knows how to swim or float on their backs, it could be the difference between life and death. Seal Swim School offers fantastic lessons to get your little one water ready.

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