I got to watching one of those little videos on social media today. You know the kind – cute little baby, lovely little rolls on her thighs, chipmunk cheeks. She was sitting on the edge of the pool, with her swim instructor videoing her and her mother sitting behind her.
A little floatie comes within reach – she goes for it and falls into the water.
Face first – on her belly. Until something fascinating happens – she flips over.
Whereby this little pumpkin, not even able to walk yet, much less sit up that well, proceeds to float on her back for an extended period of time. She just keeps floating. Belly up, face out of the water.
The CDC reports that unintentional injuries – including drowning – are the leading cause of death in children 0-19. They occur most frequently in children four and younger and account for 27% of all the unintentional injuries.
It got me thinking…in this great state we live in…where a body of water is no more than 7 miles away…and with summer approaching…that now might be a good time to remember water safety for you and your children.
Remember – your cell phone can wait. Never leave a child unattended near water. Verbally tell any other responsible adult if you need to walk away that you are not watching and that you need assistance. If no other adult is around – get the kids out of the water. Keep your eyes on your most precious prize..if you may.
For water safety tips, websites abound. Infant swim and self-rescue classes are available – consider these options if you’ll be around water this summer. JBF loves little doodle bugs – let’s keep them splishin’ and a splashin’ – the right way!