Cleveland, OH

What to look out for when swimming with your children

James Stephens

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CLEVELAND, OH — As the official summer day just began, many people would like to go swimming and dip themselves in the pool or the beach to cool from the summer heat. Many public pools and beaches are finally back open. While it's great to cool off on a hot summer day with your kids, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Most cases of drownings or near-drownings happen in public pools or private pools, where there is a large number of people—as mentioned by Purva Grover, MD, emergency medicine physician for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ten people in the United States drown every day. Drowning is also considered the leading cause of death to kids aged between one and four years old.

Dr. Grover also said that parents need to keep their eye on their kids at all times when they went for a swim. It doesn’t matter if the kids are good swimmers or using a flotation device, an accident such as drowning can happen anytime and anywhere.

Tips from Dr. Grover is if the families are spending the days at the beach or pool, make sure kids are taking frequent breaks from the water. Kids should avoid swimming on an empty stomach. Parents should also learn how to CPR, so they can save the kids if they're drowning.

A good CPR at the site can truly save a life. CPR given at the site can truly alter the overall outcome and prevent long-term disability and death.

She said that if the families own a pool at home, it should be properly fenced off so kids cannot go swimming unsupervised. She would always tell parents if the kids went missing, the pool should be the first place to check.

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