Swimming Pool Injuries In Children

Swimming Pool Injuries In Children

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2022)

Swimming is a very good physical activity. But parents should take proper care to avoid swimming pool injuries in children. Dr. Sindhu MV (Paediatric Intensivist) & Dr. Nanditha R (Paediatric Intensivist) at Aster RV talk about Summer Maladies – Swimming pool injuries in Children. They also answer many FAQs asked by parents on this topic.

Swimming Pool Injuries In Children

As the summer vacation starts, many families go to enjoy the holidays and picnic. Today, many hotels and tourist places have swimming pools. Children and adults, especially those coming from apartments, like to enjoy swimming in these pools because for them this is a good chance to enjoy the water and open air.

Swimming Pool Injuries In Children | Dr. Sindhu & Dr. Nanditha | Aster RV

Points from the video talk

The summer holidays have begun and all the swimming pools have been open. What can go wrong in a swimming pool? Since most of the pools are open children will have a lot of time. They’ll be very enthusiastic to go learn to swim. Swimming is an excellent form of physical activity but at the same time, we have to be careful about certain conditions. Especially, younger children should not be left alone unattended in the pool because they can have drowned and it is a very very life-threatening condition. They might even have rashes. Commonly we come across it as ear discharge in layman terms, we call it a swimmer’s ear. Here most of these conditions especially the swimmer’s ear can be easily well managed at home. All they need is some pain medications rarely if the symptoms continue like ear discharge or earache they might need medical attention.

When can my child start learning to take swimming sessions?

One of the common questions parents tend to ask us is when can my child start learning to take swimming sessions. Ideally, we would say according to the Indian Academy Of Pediatrics after four years of age is an ideal age to start putting them in swimming sessions.

Adding to this see whenever we see the parent accompanying a child to the swimming pool we often see the mother will be a mother or the father who will be very involved in the mobile phones. Our advice would be whenever you’re going to the swimming pool keep your mobile phone switched off because that one hour is your time for the baby. It’s for the safety of the baby. Anytime drowning can occur. In case you don’t find your child in the swimming pool the first thing is that instead of searching here and there the first thing you have to do is search under the water because most the drowning goes unnoticed. So kindly look into the water if you do not find your child.

Guidelines for parents and caregivers of children:

Parents and caregivers should never leave a young child alone near a swimming pool or any body of water. Caregivers should always be within arm’s length of a young child while supervising them near water. It is important that if a child is in daycare away from home, parents inquire about exposure to water and backyard pools. Parents who have a home pool should be counseled on fence safety. Fences are the most effective and proven way to prevent the drowning of young children. Source: ncbi

Parents should take proper care when their children are swimming in pools. They should check and ensure the required proper fencing and other safety measures in the swimming pool. No matter what their swimming skills, always be with your children and watch them closely when they’re in or near water. Even kids who know how to swim can be at risk of drowning. Small children may not be aware of the depth of water and other safety measures to be followed while swimming in pools. Talk with your kids and make them aware of all aspects of water safety.

Read How To Avoid Childhood Injury?

Conclusion

Swimming is good and fun, but ignorance or overconfidence can cause swimming pool injuries in children. Parents and other adults accompanying children, especially small kids, should take proper care to ensure the safety of their children. Always follow the guidelines from the authorities.

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