Summertime fun usually involves cooling off in or near water. Whether it is at the pool, a lake, a river, or the ocean, our kids love it! For watchful parents, however, it may be a bit more of a worry than fun. But there is no need to take away from a fun family vacation if you can follow a few tips to keep the little ones safe.
Swimming is a great way for children (and adults!) to get exercise and benefit from being outside for a change (see How to keep your children safe this summer: Sun for tips on sun safety). According to the CDC, most people enjoy exercising in the water more than on land. Often, children and adults alike will spend more active time when in the water than on land. In this case, more is good!
In order to ensure that the family vacation doesn’t get interrupted by a water-bourne illness or other unforeseen risk, examine the area before your child enters.
- Pools should have been recently inspected and be between 7.2 and 7.8 pH level.
- The bottom should be visible, and the drain covers secure.
- Anyone with diarrhea or a wound should not go in the water.
- It’s a good idea to shower for one minute or more before going into a pool, regardless.
- Don’t forget to use a minimum of 15 SPF waterproof sunscreen (just because a sunscreen touts a particular SPF doesn’t mean it necessarily delivers – click here for a performance report for popular brands).
- Use water wings and life jackets and be aware of the location of life-saving rings and other equipment.
- Consider swimming lessons well before vacation time.
- Have a clear plan for who is watching the little ones when – they are too precious to leave to chance!
I would love to hear about what you and your family have planned for this summer! Comment here or send me an email. Above all, enjoy this fun time together!
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