Pool Safety Tips For The Kids

There's a lot more than just remembering the SPF

July 5, 2018

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So when I tell you that I was beet red yesterday from mowing the lawn, with 50 spf on my face AND a hat, you'd wonder how right? Yea beets me.... ha ha-ok moving on...but that made me think of how many kids out there and parents take the same precautions with this Florida summer sun. I came across an article on Redbook, and it's definitely filled with great tips for the kids!

  • Don't leave the house without sunscreen - meaning, don't wait til you get to the pool or park and then put it on, it may already be too late by then. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation ,apply SPF 30 or higher on their whole body before they even put on their swimsuit. After that, reapply to any exposed skin every two hours or as soon as they get out of the pool.
  • Floaties - I know parents think they're the best ever, but unless you're with your child, they slip off fairly easily. And you won't hear them go under. I never had floaties actually now that I think about it. I had a bathingsuit life ring. Ihated it, but it did the job.
  • Dry those ears! - They fuss and whine when you do it, but swimmers ear is super painful. Make sure to tilt their heads and drain and then dry. The precautions can save you an expensive doctors visit.
  • Kiddie Play Areas - You can definitely allow them to play there, but shouldn't without your supervision. They're very slippery and filled with bacteria,the water recycles through that you wouldn't want your kid ingesting.
  • Sharing Goggles - I never thought this would be something , well it is. The viral skin infection molluscum contagiosum ( a wart like viral infection ) can easily be spread from child to child, and one of the most common ways is through sharing personal items like goggles and other pool toys.
  • Hot Tub Is Off Limits -  It's not safe for young children at all. There are also warning signs on the hot tubs as well. Children can overheat and drown, it's also a breeding ground for respiratory infections.
  • Swimming Out Of Site - You'd think this would be a no brainer, but kids can sneak away while you turn a page in a book.
  • Drink too much water - Dry drowning is a very real thing. Inhaling too much water, can lead to irritating the airwaves, and cause choking. It's also filled with harmful bacteria so make sure they just don't take much in.
  • Harmful Toys - You may not of known this but many pool toys and floation devices are made with harmful chemicals and labeled as carcinogenic. Make sure you do your research before purchasing to ensure safety.
  • Taking in chlorine - Some facilities over chlorinate pool and splash areas. If your kids take in too much of this, it can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting and could harm children with allergies and asmtha. Try looking for a pool that uses salt filters (which contain smaller amounts of chlorine) .
  • Swimming Near Filters - Not all filters are maintained as well as we can hope they are. Hair and limbs can get sucked in and stuck even. Be careful when swimming around filters and definitely don't allow the kids to.
  • Shallow Areas - Most water related illnesses can be conracted here, including gastrointestinal ones if they swallow the water in shallow areas.