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Summer is a time for fun in the sun and cooling off at the pool or lake. North Georgia is fortunate to have a large (relatively speaking) body of water just a few miles away from many of our backyards and most city and county governments maintain public pools. They offer a great opportunity to get the family out of the house and enjoy the summer together, but caution should be paid to the potential injuries and illnesses that can be associated with water activities.
According to a recent article published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) magazine (Denny et al. 2019), drowning is a major cause of injury-related deaths in children, with nearly 1000 US child-deaths attributed to it in 2017. Being aware and prepared is the responsibility of any parent or guardian accountable for children in an environment that could lead to a potential drowning. The AAP (2019) provides the following tips to lessen the chance of your child suffering a water-related injury or illness:
- Create barriers around areas that may pose a threat
- Always supervise children while around water
- When possible, provide swimming lessons
- Provide life jackets for children while on the water
- Have someone around that can provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Swimming is a great way to get exercise and can be a safe way to have a good time, as long as you are aware of the risks and take appropriate precautions.
For more information on safe water activities and steps you can take to avoid unnecessary illness or injury while doing so, visit https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/As-Summer-Heats-Up-Pediatricians-Urge-All-Families-to-Learn-to-Swim.aspx
Denny, S., Gilchrist, J., Hoffman, B., McCallin, T., Quan, L., Shenoi, R., Weiss, J., Yusuf, S. (2019) Prevention of drowning. Retrieved from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/143/5/e20190850
The 1st through the 7th of August 2019 is World Breastfeeding Week.
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