Friday, June 24, 2016
Designate a Water Watcher and other summer advice
But for kids, summer is paradise--travel, swimming, the beach, hiking, camping...
The docs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have some tips for keeping kids safe:
--Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults around kids who are swimming, formally appoint one a Water Watcher for, say, 15 minutes at a time. Don't assume "someone" is watching. the Watcher should be within "touch" distance--an arm's length.
--Enroll kids in swimming classes and teach them to always swim with an adult present.
--Teach children to never play around the drains at the bottom of pools--they can suck the kids down and hold them there.
--On a boat, kids must wear life jackets. Make sure it fits properly--fasten it and have the kids raise their arms--if the jacket rises to the chin or ears, it is too loose.
--Drink water during all sports--before and after.
--NEVER LEAVE A CHILD IN A CAR, even for a "minute." We have already had some tragic deaths this summer
--For heat in general--kids should wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
--Strenuous outdoor activities should be scheduled in the early AM and late afternoon.
--Always put sunscreen on kids. Skin damage can occur in 15 minutes.
Kids are small and vulnerable, they make stupid decisions sometimes. It's up to parents to safeguard them.