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Dr. Chara Papageorgiou

Water safety: What do we need to know as parents?

Who can disagree that summer vacations and water games with carefree feelings, energy and sun are the favorite habits of young and older people?

Certainly, we as parents have more stress over it! The safety of our little ones, either at sea or in the pool, pushes us to be very careful and of course to be fully aware of where our little ones are throughout their playtime!

That's why I gathered the 9 main ways to avoid unpleasant accidents and stress this summer:

  1. Continuous supervision. Try to have a clear picture of where your little one is, whether it is too far away or close to the water, inside or outside your visible field. It is very easy in the crowd, especially on the beaches chosen by parents, to confuse your little one with another child of a similar age.
  2. We always wear armbands or a small life jacket to our little ones. Until the age of 3, I recommend that there is always supervision regardless of whether they wear them or not.
  3. Beware of the waves. Our very young children are easy to get carried away by a loose wave or lose their balance and find themselves on the ground.
  4. Teach your little ones not to swim in adverse weather conditions or with strong winds. The time will come for them, soon enough, to get back in the water.
  5. Do not allow children under the age of 12 to move away from the sea without any visual or tactile contact (for example, swimming side by side).
  6. Teach your little ones not to swim while eating. Of course quantity and age play a big role. For example, a small child under the age of 8 cannot eat a full plate of food and go out for a swim.
  7. Pay attention to the age of the water-friends with which your little ones do activities and spend their time in the water. Even a fun or simple game can be fatal if our little one is not old enough to cope.
  8. Put the other parents in the game. If you want to be away for a short time, for example for a physical need or a business call, find parents or adults next to you and try to talk to them about the safety and supervision of your little ones.
  9. Do not let your children overestimate their potential and the water, whether in the sea or pool. The game never stops but a small plastic boat without supervision or a steep diving slope can quickly turn into a nightmare.

In any case, I believe that when we have the best information we become better parents for our children, do not hesitate to search for other information on the internet such as basic drowning rescue steps or clubs that take swimming lessons or any other program that will create a proper and healthy relationship between your little one and water.

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