Pediatricians are sounding the alarm that kids may be at an increased risk of drowning during the coronavirus pandemic. Public pools may be closed so families may be swimming in places without life guards. Parents are trying to work with children at home making it a little easier for kids to slip into the family pool or even a backyard wading pool unnoticed. Curious kids + multi-tasking adults + summer heat + water = increased risk of drowning.
Ali Griffin, one of our Nurse Practitioners, offers these great tips to help keep everyone safe around water this summer.
Sunshine, popsicles, cookouts and pool parties…. are all part of a fun summer, however, outdoor time comes with its own set of safety concerns.
In the US, the leading cause of death for kids age 1-4 years is accidental drowning. Unfortunately, Florida outranks all other states for childhood drownings which often happen right at home. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) suggests many tips for parents to help lessen the risks:
HAVE FUN, STAY SAFE, AND DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!