Swimming pool safety tips for children

Michigan is one of the top states when it comes to kids drowning in pools.

In Health Works it's swimming pool season. As fun as it can be, it can also be dangerous - if you don't follow simple rules. 

Dr. Purva Grover, who works in the children's emergency room at the Cleveland Clinic says that when a small child is in the pool, you can't ever leave them alone. 

Ensure there is extremely appropriate adult supervision which is the most important thing to try and prevent drownings and near drownings, Grover said.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. More than half the time it happens in a backyard in ground pool.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an adult always be within an arm's length of infants and toddlers in the water. 

Older children should be watched constantly by someone paying full attention to the pool - not distracted by devices, people, or alcohol. It also should be noted that the supervising adult needs to know how to swim. 

Grover recommends parents take an extra precautionary step for very young children.  

Little kids, infants, children who are yet to be extremely comfortable with water should always be wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, said Grover.  

Grover adds that kids should avoid running on the pool deck and diving to avoid serious injury. And, as always, it's important to remember to apply plenty of sunscreen to prevent sun damage. 
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