You put your two year old in a baby pool to play. It’s hot outside and this is one way for him to stay cool and occupied while you watch tv, get in your Facebook time on your phone, play games, do some house work…… Only thing is, your two year old is not old enougongsh to be left alone in a baby pool, much less in 2 inches of water. Whenever a child is left in water, an adult must be supervising him or her. That is not the time to play on Facebook, text your bff or do some laundry. That is time you spend playing in the water with your child, paying close attention to what makes him laugh, spending time teaching him the alphabet or singing songs. You turn your back on him for just a few minutes and you could return to find him floating face down in the water. Truly, that would be a nightmare.
Our rack cards offer several suggestions of ways to keep your children safe around water. Please keep in mind:
- Bath tubs can be just as dangerous as swimming pools, especially when the child is less than 4 years old.
- Keep the toilet lid closed and locked. (Yes, children have drowned in toilets.)
- Keep the bathroom door closed.
- Empty all water containers after use and let the container dry upside down.
Several years ago, a three year old little boy fell head first into a 5 gallon bucket of bleach mop water his grandmother left sitting in a utility room. There were 7 adults and over 10 children in the house at the time of this accident. The little boy survived but inhaled the beach water and was hospitalized for several days. He was very lucky – he survived. His family also was very lucky, especially his grandmother, who was devastated. That incident happened here in Gaston County.
This summer, Prevent Child Abuse Gaston plans to offer CPR classes to parents as a precaution. If a child is found unconscious in water, hopefully someone can administer CPR in time to save the child’s life.
If you are interested in more information on water safety or any of our Safe Seven, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.