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Swimming in an open body of water (like a river, lake, or ocean) is different from swimming in a pool. Even kids who are good swimmers need to take care.
First, teach kids never to swim alone. Tell them that using the buddy system means there’s always someone looking out for you. When people swim together, they can help each other or go for help in an emergency.
Here are some tips based on the type of water:
Water parks can be a lot of fun for kids, but safety rules apply there too.
Water temperature is important. Enter the water slowly and make sure it feels comfortable for you and your kids. A temperature below 70°F (20°C) is cold to most swimmers. Recommended water temperatures vary depending on the activity and a swimmer’s age:
Body temperature drops more quickly in water than on land. It doesn’t take long for hypothermia (when the body loses heat faster than it can make it) to set in. Get a child who’s shivering or has muscle cramps out of the water right away.
Kids need constant supervision around water – whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here’s how to keep them safe.
Water safety is important at any age, but especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here’s how to reduce drowning risks.
Having a pool, pond, spa, or hot tub on your property is a huge responsibility when it comes to safety. Hereâs how can you keep kids â yours and others â safe.
By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.
You can treat mild sunburn at home. But severe sunburn needs medical attention. Here’s what to do.
Frolicking in the ocean is a summertime rite of passage, but a jellyfish sting can spoil the fun. Here’s how to handle it if someone in your family gets zapped by one of these mysterious sea creatures.
Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.
Always supervise young kids in the bath to keep them safe. Here are other bathroom water safety tips.
Swimming and other water sports are a great way to beat the heat. Read this article to find out how you can stay safe at the pool, beach, lake – and even the water park.
Kids love to spend hot days splashing around in a pool or the ocean. But drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Learn how to be safe.
Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Get the facts about alcohol.
Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child’s life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.
Jellyfish can sting swimmers – ouch! Find out more about these quietly creepy sea creatures.
Find out what the experts have to say.
To keep things as safe as possible for swimming season, follow these tips.
As much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol before it is legal for them to drink it. Here’s what you need to know.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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