Today’s sponsored post from our partner Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center features Cassie Goodman. Cassie was born and raised in Texas and moved to Reno in 2011 with her husband and two dogs. She received her BA in Health and Kinesiology and her MS in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Cassie also completed her Emergency Medical Responder certification this past December. She is currently working at Saint Mary’s Fitness Center as the Medical Exercise and Safety Lead.
The long hot days of summer are upon us, so what is one of the best ways to cool off? Swimming! With the water activities drawing near, parents are often concerned about safety. Here are some suggestions to keep the little ones safe so the whole family can have fun this summer:
* Never allow children around bodies of water unattended. Swimming in areas with lifeguard supervision is safest, but parents should still take the responsibility of watching their own children.
* Be sure your child knows how to swim. Enrolling them in swim lessons is a great way to reduce their risk of drowning.
* Understand your child’s limits. Just because a child has had swim lessons, does not mean that an accident cannot still occur.
* Set rules around bodies of water. Never let children play around drains or suction filters. Require children to wear their lifejackets when on boats or swimming in open water. Discourage games that require breath holding and never allow children to run around pool decks or rocks.
* Fence off home pools when they are not in use. Ensure that the barrier is in good repair and gates are closed and locked when not in use. Items such as furniture should be removed so they may not be used to climb over the barrier. Leaving pool toys in the open may encourage some children to go near the water so remove these items from sight after swimming.
* Know what to do in case of an emergency. Organizations such as REMSA and the American Red Cross offer classes in CPR and water safety. It is always a good idea to know the signs of a distressed swimmer and the safest way to help them.
* And don’t forget the sunscreen! Most doctors recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Put on the sunscreen BEFORE heading to the pool, as it needs to soak in for 15 minutes. Reapply at least every two hours; more often if swimming or sweating. Check with your doctor for recommendations specific to your child’s needs.