It looks like another scorching summer is in the works, so making time for some pool fun probably sounds like a great idea. The disturbing truth is that around 70 children accidentally drown each year, and nearly all of them could have been avoided. Preschoolers naturally expect the adults to keep them safe from all dangers, so brush up on how to provide the safest pool experience to protect your preschooler.
Give Your Full Attention
When you are at the pool with children, your full attention needs to be on the children. Resist the temptation to get involved in a texting conversation, keeping up with Facebook, or finishing reading your current novel. It only takes a split second for a preschooler to get into serious trouble in the water, and your job is to prevent that from happening.
No Substitute for Proper Equipment
Wearing water wings is a good idea for small children learning to swim, but never assume that flotation devices take the place of human observation. Similarly, not all inflatable toys are an approved safety device, including such items as air mattresses, pool noodles, and more. Forcing a toy to serve as an emergency device could actually increase the risk of drowning.
It Takes More Than Lessons
Enrolling your children in swimming classes is another great idea, but not a complete solution. It is just as important to teach your children to never play in water alone. The problem is, the best lessons can easily be forgotten in a panicked moment, but using the buddy system means that someone always has the other person’s back. Swimming lessons are available at many outlets – just make sure that learning to swim is part of the solution, not the only answer available.
Know What To Do
The American Red Cross suggests that you take the time to learn infant/toddler CPR as well as other first aid techniques for young children. Keep in mind that an ambulance is still minutes away after you dial 9-1-1, so having the skills to keep your child hanging on can be the deciding factor.
Cooling off in the pool is a wonderful way to spend time this summer, and knowing that you are prepared to handle any situations which may arise makes it even better. All it takes is a little time and attention to detail to turn every pool outing into a safely wet and wild adventure.
Montessori education focuses on teaching the whole child, including safety inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more about the Montessori method and tour a Montessori preschool, contact Mission Valley Montessori today.
This article originally appeared on Happenings in Education’s blog at: https://happeningsineducation.tumblr.com/post/175950879391/pool-safety-tips-for-your-preschooler
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