Drowning And Kids - First Aid And Prevention

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Do you want to make water play time for your kids safer? Do you worry about drowning accidents whenever your kids are near a water body? If these questions often cross your mind, you might want to read this post. Here we talk all about keeping your child safe from drowning accidents.

Children of all ages are susceptible to drowning accidents. Infants can even drown in bath tubs. Toddlers can easily drown in home swimming pools or water tanks. Teenagers and older kids can drown in lakes or the sea. Read this post and learn all about providing first aid for drowning child.

Child Drowning Prevention Tips:

Here we list some tips on how to prevent drowning in children.

1. Constant Supervision:

There are no two ways about it. Most drowning accidents occur due to lack of proper adult supervision. Those moments when your attention wanders for a while could mean risking drowning accidents even under parental supervision. Therefore it is must that you stay close to your child when he is playing in water.

Constant supervision means not letting your attention wander with a quick phone call or a friendly chat with the neighbor. Make all arrangements before your kids get into the water. You need to stay close to your infants and toddlers when they are in the bathtub or accompany your kids to the swimming pool or the beach. [1]

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2. Protection:

Ensure proper protective methods are in place to prevent drowning incidents at home or outside. Keep the home-swimming-pool area off limits for your kids unless you are present. Add alarms to doors that lead to the pool area and also install underwater alarms.

Skills like swimming add another layer of protection for kids. You can teach swimming to kids as young as five. But this doesn’t mean that you can relax other protective barriers or your supervision once your kids can swim. Wearing life jackets while playing in the ocean, sailing or canoeing, is also an effective way to prevent a drowning accident. Don’t let your kids swim alone.

3. Awareness:

Infants and toddlers may not understand how dangerous the water can be but older kids do. It is really important to teach kids aged six and above about water safety and basic first aid skills.

First Aid For Drowning Child:

Basic first aid skills and knowledge of CPR [2] can prevent many drowning accidents from becoming fatal.

When you see a child drowning, immediately:

  1. Take the child out of water.
  2. Call for medical help.
  3. Check for bruises, injuries, cuts etc and tend to them immediately.

CPR For Drowning Child:

  • Take the child out of water and check for breathing and injuries.
  • Place the child on a flat surface but be very mindful about the injuries.
  • For CPR on babies, cover their nose and mouth with your own mouth. For older kids grasp the nose shut and cover their mouth with your own.
  • Blow twice into their mouth.
  • For babies, press down two fingers over the breast bone. For older kids compress at the center of the chest with the heel of your hand. Begin with 30 compressions estimated at about 100/minute.
  • Continue the process as long as necessary or until the arrival of medical help.

It is a good idea to learn CPR from trained professionals. But the above steps can serve as guidelines for emergencies. Make sure you teach your kids to administer CPR as they get older. They can perform it for younger siblings in case of an emergency. While water is fun, it can also be very dangerous. Often, by the time help arrives, it is too late to save the child. Prevention is the best bet for you if you want to protect your kids from drowning accidents.

Do you have any tips to protect kids from drowning accidents? Please share your ideas with us.

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