Summer is here! That means pool and water fun for your toddlers. Swimming and splashing is fun for the little ones, but without taking water safety precautions, it can be dangerous. Remember these water safety tips before heading outside this summer, and enjoy some pool fun in the sun safely.
Drowning is the number 1 cause of injury-related deaths in children under the age of 4. Pools, lakes, bathtubs, sinks, and other sources of water are all potential hazards. Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water, meaning drowning is possible in almost any situation in which water is involved. Assuming that buckets, sinks, small wading pools, and fountains are safe can be life-threatening to toddlers.
Supervision of children around any water is critical. Young children and children who are inexperienced swimmers should wear approved life jackets or floatation devices. Swimming lessons are important for children ages 4 and up. Even with life jackets and swim lessons, adult supervision is important for children. Any source of standing water can be dangerous when your curious toddlers wander over to explore without supervision.
When kids are swimming, they don’t realize that they are still sweating and losing water. This can cause children to become exhausted and dehydrated, making it even more dangerous for them to be around water. Keep kids hydrated by drinking plenty of water and keeping food in their bellies to prevent dizziness, and overheating.
Sunscreen should be applied to kids daily, and reapplied often, especially when doing a lot of outdoor activity. Sunglasses, hats, and protective, lightweight clothing can also help protect your little ones for sunburn. Sunscreens chosen should be the highest SPF you can find, and no less than 30; typically 50+ is recommended for babies and toddlers. Swimming and sweating can make even waterproof sunscreens come off, and need to re-applied often.
Educating your preschoolers about the dangers of water is important, but can make it so they have all the pool fun they want while staying safe. Remember to send sunscreen with your preschooler to our child care centers so they can stay safe all day. Our preschool teachers are happy to answer any questions you have about our sunscreen and water safety policies at Children’s Campus.
Each Children’s Campus location is committed to keeping your preschoolers safe while learning and having fun. Contact our Durham, Chapel Hill, or Greenville location to schedule a tour and learn more about our 5-star child care centers.