Keep Both Eyes on Your Kids

Summer is here and it’s time to drag out that wading pool and set it up in the back yard. Can’t you just see the two and three year olds jumping for joy? But it is not all fun and games. It’s time for extra caution. An article in Pediatrics journal this week pointed out that a child dies every five days during the hot months of summer in such pools. We’re talking the tiny inflatable wading pools for the toddler set! You can turn your back for a second and a little one can slide into the water and turn over with the face in the water and not be able to get up. You can be watching one child while another unexplainably gets her face under a few inches of water.
The article gave statistics for 2001 to 2009 when 209 deaths and 35 near-drownings of children under 12 were reported. Most of these children were under 5 and 81 percent of the accidents happened during the summer months. The study, done by Nationwide Hospital and Independent Safety Consulting of Rockville, MD., focused on portable pools, from small wading pools less than 18 inches deep to inflatable pools and other soft-sided pools that can reach as much as 4 feet in depth.
Constant supervision is of course a must whenever water is involved no matter the age of the children, especially those in the toddler set. There are no regulations for these small wading pools. There is no way to fence them in. Ignore the cell phone, the doorbell and any other distraction while your child is in a pool no matter how shallow. The safety of your children depends on you.

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