Summer time is swimming time! With temperatures soaring and the heat rising by the day, swimming is the best way to beat the heat and have fun in the sun. Swimming is one such recreational activity, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and if you have young kids then this is a great way of spending the holidays with them.
It’s best to teach kids to swim early in life, as it keeps them healthy, fit and active. Before you pack up your swim gear and jump into the nearest pool with your babies, here are some safety tips for kids you would want to consider.
- No matter how clean your neighborhood pool seems to be, you should always take precautions to ensure that you and your kids are safe in the water. Make sure you take a shower before getting in and after getting out of the pool.
- If you are taking your young kids to the pool, ensure that they are in good health. Taking them to the pool when they are have a cold, fever or cough can increase risk of worsening the situation as well as others catching the infection.
- Use waterproof sun block/sunscreen with UV protection to protect the skin from harsh rays of the sun.
- Swimming gear is important. It is advisable to use the right kind of swimwear, goggles and cap while swimming. Close fitted swimsuits should be worn to contain any accidents when in the pool. The cap and goggles protect the hair and eyes from harsh chemicals like chlorine, which is used excessively in pools to disinfect the water.
- Life jackets and floatation devices like a tube or arm floaters are a must for children. If you are teaching your kids to swim, ensure that they have their life jackets on at all times. It is important to keep an eye on them at all times and leaving them unattended at a poolside is a big no-no.
- Don’t swim right after a heavy meal, also make sure you stretch and warm up before getting into the pool to avoid cramps and muscles catches.
- Toddlers and smaller children should be taught pool etiquettes before getting into the pool. Every pool has 4 basic rules for kids and adults– No peeing, no drinking pool water, no eating near the pool and no running. Educate your kids on these rules and ensure they follow them.
- Stay hydrated. You might not realize but you will be losing fluid in the form of sweat while swimming, hence it is important to hydrate the body. Carry a bottle of water and make sure your little one sip on it every few minutes.
Familiarizing your kids with these precautionary measures and swimming tips will ensure that your family has a safe and enjoyable time at the pool. Have a splendid time with your kids – splashing, waddling and swimming this summer!
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