Your backyard pool setting can benefit greatly from the liveliness that babies and young children bring! With so many potential advantages for their physical and mental health, the sensory component of water provides youngsters with an interesting method to explore the world around them. However, little kids also present some special difficulties for the pool environment.
Your pool may be a safe and enjoyable place for your family and friends of all ages as long as you take into account the increased safety concerns and do what is within your ability to reduce them.
Help Prevent Drowning
The most vulnerable age group to drowning is children under 4. Despite what you might expect, drownings are more likely to happen in private swimming pools than in any other publicly accessible body of water.
You can help prevent young children from drowning through ensuring a couple key things:
- Make certain that your pool is enclosed by a safety fence with a self-latching gate.
- Always keep each child in the pool within an arm’s reach of a supervising adult.
- Never let pool floats replace attentive monitoring of children by a responsible, sober adult.
Along with those precautions, being ready in case an incident does happen is a must. If you and other supervising adults are adequately prepared ahead of time, you can help save the life of a child. The most important step in offering a drowning child the best chance of survival is to start CPR and rescue breathing right away. You can enroll in a class from the Red Cross or another organization with other adults in your social network so that you can learn the fundamentals of First Aid/CPR/AED and be ready to handle various poolside emergencies.
Help Prevent Contamination
The risk of bacterial contamination is the second most important infant-specific swimming pool risk to be taken into concern after drowning. This is an ongoing problem since there is a chance that children’s diapers could leak while they are in the pool. While swim diapers are advised for any children who aren’t yet potty trained but still use your pool, those diapers won’t completely prevent the danger of contamination. They can, at most, prevent solid feces from getting into your pool, but they can’t stop microscopic bacteria from leaking out. All swimmers may soon be exposed to a number of RWIs (recreational water illnesses) – including Crypto – particularly if diarrhea develops.
We strongly advise establishing pool rules prohibiting anyone from using the pool if they have had diarrhea within the last 24 hours. We also recommend mandating that diapers be changed elsewhere besides the immediate vicinity around the pool, and that diapers be then disposed of properly. Additionally, remind everyone who uses your pool to wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing a baby. Encourage young children to use the restroom frequently to minimize accidental urination in the pool water.
Encouraging your children to be careful to not ingest pool water is yet another approach to help protect them from exposure to bacteria that may get into the water.
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