Posted on June 04, 2024

Summer Water Safety for Children

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As summer is in full swing in Cedar Rapids, families eagerly anticipate spending sunny days by the pool, at the lake, or enjoying water activities. While these activities are a source of joy and fun, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to ensure a happy and healthy summer for your children. At PCI Pediatrics, we are dedicated to helping families stay informed and prepared. Here are some essential water safety tips to keep in mind this summer.

1. Always Supervise

Never Leave Children Unattended
  • Constant Supervision: Always have a designated adult actively watching the children when they are in or near water. This means no distractions—put down the phone, avoid engaging in other activities, and keep your eyes on the kids.
  • Buddy System: Teach your children to always swim with a buddy, even in swimming pools. This ensures that they have someone to help them in case of an emergency.

2. Learn and Teach Water Skills

Swimming Lessons

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for children starting as early as age one. In Cedar Rapids, there are many local organizations, such as the YMCA and local swim schools, that offer lessons for all ages and skill levels.

Ensure your child learns to float, tread water, and get out of the pool safely. These skills can be lifesaving.

3. Use Appropriate Safety Gear

Life Jackets and Floatation Devices

Make sure life jackets are Coast Guard-approved and fit your child properly. They should be snug and secure but not too tight.

Water wings, noodles, and inflatable toys are not substitutes for life jackets and can give a false sense of security.

4. Understand Pool and Water Rules

Set Clear Guidelines
  • Pool Rules: Establish and enforce rules such as no running near the pool, no diving in shallow areas, and no rough play.
  • Natural Water Bodies: When at lakes or rivers, make sure children are aware of the risks, such as currents, underwater hazards, and sudden drop-offs.

5. Be Prepared for Emergencies

Know What to Do
  • CPR Training: Parents and caregivers should be trained in CPR and basic first aid. In Cedar Rapids, courses are available through organizations like the Red Cross and local hospitals.
  • Emergency Plan: Have a clear plan in place for emergencies, including having a phone nearby to call 911 if necessary.

6. Protect from Sun Exposure

Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on your child’s skin 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or after swimming.

Ensure children stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially when they are active in the sun.

Summer is a wonderful time to create lasting memories with your family. By following these water safety tips, you can ensure that your children stay safe while having fun in the sun. PCI Pediatrics is here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have. Have a safe and enjoyable summer, Cedar Rapids!

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