Water safety for kids

All kids enjoy playing with water. Our little one enjoys water regardless of its size — a swimming pool or a plastic kiddie pool or even a glass of water on the floor. As much fun as it can be with water, parents need to make sure that safety precautions are always in place around water. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services lists a rich set of water safety tips in this link: Water Safety.

Through this post, we are wholeheartedly promoting the water safety tips, especially for families with small children. The basic idea is to watch kids around water at all times.

Never leave children near water alone

Regardless of whether it is a small baby bath tub or a large swimming poll, not for even a few seconds adults may leave a child near water. I am not joking — small children should not be left alone near even a toilet.

Keep aquariums out of reach of children

If you have aquariums, keep them out of reach of children. As we all know, any glass piece is a potential hazard. Additionally, aquariums are a potential chemical Hazard and an electrical hazard.

Make sure that the house is not slippery

Toddlers and small children run a lot. They don’t always have their balancing act in place. It is important to make sure that the house, the bath tub, and the yard, are not slippery. It is also important to not have exposed water in buckets or tubs around toddlers. An inch or two is enough to drown a child of young age.

Secure the water-area

If the pool or the tub is portable, keep it out of reach of children when it is not in use. Install fences around your swimming pool. It is better to install fences with a self-closing gate. Keep the gate closed at all times.

Do not leave items of attraction near water

All children have some favorite toys. It is better to keep all favorite as well as not-so-favorite toys in a safe place, NOT near the water. A child at any moment may think that her/his world will be upside down without the toy near the water and then run for it.

Bring all the plastic ducks back to the house after your child plays with them in the pool so that the child knows that the toys are never kept near water.

Do not trust your children

Haha … I mean, do not assume that your children will use good judgments around water. Even preteen children lose control of their emotion and excitement when they are around water. You might have seen how kids jump on top of one another when they are in and near the pool.

Do not leave a baby during bath

Suppose, I realize that I haven’t brought the towel when I am giving my child a bath. I will have to take my child with me if I have to leave to get the towel.

I will always try to get what I need during my child’s bath before I start.

Make sure that your child’s caregiver knows about constant supervision near water

If your child goes to a daycare center, I am sure the caregivers are trained and aware of constant supervisions near water. Still speak with the caregivers to learn about what precautions they take near water, if there is a water nearby.

Talk to your babysitter if she/he is aware of the constant supervision requirement near water. Remind the babysitter regarding the precautions. Leave emergency numbers with your babysitter.

Learn about the place where your child may visit

If your child goes on play-dates to a friend’s place, learn about the home of your child’s friend. Definitely, the first question to ask is if that residence has guns. πŸ™‚ Just kidding regarding the gun thingy but this is something to think about as well. If the place where your child is going has a swimming pool, you will need to discuss the water safety tips with the parents of your child’s friend.

Learn about risks of drowning

CDC reported for the period of 2005-2014 that there were about ten deaths per day due to unintentional drowning. Of those ten, two are children of age 14 or younger. Among the many factors influencing drowning risk, two are lack of swimming ability and lack of supervision. Know the signs of drowning because a drowning child most often will not be able to yell for help.

Water often causes dry drowning. Dry drowning is the case when the vocal cord fills up with water making it hard to breathe even though water does not reach the lungs. Dry drowning sometimes occurs if children breathe in water when swimming or playing or splashing in the pool. Such dry drowning related breathing problems may occur up to twenty four hours later the child gets out of the pool.

Learn CPR

Learning CPR is a must. You might live near a hospital. Your house might be next to a fire station. Your neighbors might be health care providers. When it comes to water safety, none of these matters because every second matters during emergencies. Learning CPR is the first step of water safety preparedness.

Keep emergency phone numbers handy

Call 911 in an emergency. They will send the appropriate responder on your way. Text messaging 911 does not work. You have to call. Keep a list of phone numbers handy for non-emergencies.

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93 thoughts on “Water safety for kids

    1. Thank you for the link of your post. I completely agree with you that teaching a child as early as possible is important. I heard that there are Y programs on swimming for children of as young as 6 months. It is also said that most children do not become proficient swimmers until they are six or seven years old. Some experts even suggest swimming training after four or five years after birth because most children are not good at following the swimming instructions before that.

      The laundry basket idea is cool. Thank you for sharing.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.

    2. Thanks for the additional info badly needed that as I baby sit along with my kid. Teaching them to swim early adds more ease and comfort knowing they can manage in case of emergency in drowning.
  1. Wonderful tips here for keeping the family safe! Water sports are fun but one must always remember they are taking care of the smaller ones. Here’s to a fun summer for the whole family πŸ™‚
  2. A good, informative post now that we are in the dog days of summer. People all too often think that kids are safe and secure around small amounts of water, which is sadly not so. But hopefully following these tips, everyone can stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the remainder of summer.
    1. We are glad to know that you liked this post. Definitely safety needs to get the priority in all family activities, especially with small children around. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  3. Kits that are drawn to water require a lot of looking after as well as plenty of instruction about water safety. Even then it might not be enough to keep them from jumping in and you aren’t looking.
    1. Thank you for this information. I agree. Children’s behavior, especially that comes out of excitement, is unpredictable. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  4. Thank you for a very informative post, and for following my blog. My kids are grown, but I have a new granddaughter. She’s not walking yet, but she will be soon. We watch her a lot, and we have a pool. I’m glad to see another family blog.
    1. I am happy to know that you liked this post. Your children and your granddaughter are blessed that you live close by. Sometimes children move to other states for jobs and it becomes hard to visit frequently. I am also glad to find your blog. Thanks a ton for visiting our blog, following, and commenting.
  5. Great tips you have there.I once had a neighbour who drowned because of poor swimming skills.As much as possible expose your kids to swimming classes early on in life, but these should be in a guided environment under the watchful eyes of their coach or you as parents.
    1. I am sorry to hear about your neighbor. It is really essential to learn the safety skills including swimming as early as possible. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful evening.
  6. I’d never heard of dry drowning before! Especially for little ones who are new swimmers and not used to regulating their breathing when they’re paddling around the pool.
    Definitely going to keep this post for reference later this summer, when I’ll be taking care of a friend’s daughter and taking her to the pool a lot. πŸ™‚
    1. Glad to know that the post provided you a new piece of information — dry drowning. I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a wonderful week ahead.
  7. Yes I totally agreed. Domestic safety generally should be enabled when kids are around. But yes priority should be placed on water safety. This is so because kids enjoy playing with water- who doesn’t ? And even above that they believe it’s not dangerous but in reality it is not “safe” if there’s no adult around to watch. In addition beyond domestic accident hazard aspect, leaving water around without proper watch of an adult could be dangerous because a kid could any water he or she found around when thirsty.
    1. Thank you for adding to this post. Definitely, all domestic safety should be enabled. Thank you for reminding that children may even drink water from anywhere if not supervised. Our son is four but he does not realize the difference between drinking water in the jug and irrigation water in the backyard. Have a wonderful week.
  8. I do not think you have left anything to chance. The only thing I can add here is presence of mind. When there is a mishap those around should not panic but act in the most responsible way. Panic always results in taking wrong decisions. You have mentioned it already but I wish to say it again and that is no child should be left alone near any waterbody
    1. I completely agree with you. Mindfulness is very important. Children need constant supervision around any waterbody, as you said. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
    2. I agree with your point on keeping an open mind, or should I say an open eye? Water safety around children is a must take measure by parents to avoid any mishaps. We can never be too careful or prepared when it comes to situations like this, we just need to always keep an eye on children whenever they play or are around large amounts of water.
  9. It is essential that the hazards of the dangers of water are brought to attention. Whilst many underestimate the deadly power such places can have, when innocent and helpless children are placed in a situation in which they are not ready to be in, the problem can escalate fast. Glad that some people out there are taking this problem seriously.
    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Being around children when there is water or fire reduces the risk a lot. Thanks again for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful evening.
  10. Good and informative tips!
    Like i always advice, kids are very inquisitive and very curious about a lot of things. Its good to teach them early in life when it comes to water safety. We should also consider the hazards associated with it and how to mitigate such.
    1. Absolutely. Safety needs to be a priority. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend.
  11. Thanks for the tips! Just in time for the current hot days that we keep having here… we have anywhere from 30-40Β°C every single day. We have a boy that also loves water and anything related to it! He has been begging us for one of those blow-up plastic pools so he could swim in the backyard but I am a bit hesitant because it means that I’d have to keep my eye on him 24/7 when he’s inside. He can swim okayish so far… still not the best but he is an eager learner.

    One time when we went to the swimming pools I was absolutely horrified when I saw some parents just leaving their small children to do whatever they want while they sunbathed and had their eyes closed. They should all read your wonderful article and learn about the water safety!

    1. You are right. Keeping an eye on kids all the time is important, when there is water or any unsafe objects around. Definitely, a kid is not the best judge of a situation. Kids are just kids; they will do childish things. We, the grownups, need to take care of their safety.

      I am happy to know that you prioritize safety concerns in children’s activities. I am sure our kids will have a great splashing fun this summer with just a little care from us.

      Thank you so much for reading this article and commenting. Have a wonderful week.

  12. Great article! Judging from the comments, water safety is of great concern to most if not all parents. The great debate is often when is the best age to start swimming lessons for a child and how safe is it to let a child alone in a pool even when they can swim to an extent.

    I have not had any personal experience with near drowning but I have heard some really sad stories about a child wandering off and drowning in a pool. Or a beach side tragedy. The bottom line is one can never be too careful when it comes to kids.

    1. I experienced near drowning in my childhood. Of course, the memory is not pleasant. I hope no one ever experiences that. I definitely agree, there is nothing called too careful when it comes to kids.

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

      1. Oh, I am sorry to hear that. I never experienced any sort of drowning but my grandmother did. She always told me the story – when she was younger, she had an aunt where she spent her holidays at. The aunt had a big pond nearby her house and the children often went there to swim in the summer. So, one summer my grandmother and her sister went swimming at the pond (still pretty young) and my grandmother suddenly had leg cramps. Out of nowhere, she couldn’t swim anymore and started drowning… luckily her sister saved her. The aunt was nowhere to be seen which just shows how irresponsible that was and extremely dangerous. Even up to this day, my grandmother fears swimming. She goes to the seaside but only dips her feet into the water. She never swims.

        Hope your experience didn’t traumatize you!

        1. Sorry to hear about your grandmother’s fear of swimming. I was traumatized for some time but water was too much fun to avoid. I had two older siblings. I cannot let them have all the fun without me. I learnt swimming afterwards (I was seven or eight years old). I loved swimming 🏊 . I was able to get over my near drowning experience.

          Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s experience. Have a wonderful week.

  13. Your post is great, and I think you have covered all the risk that may come from using water in a way or another. Your style of writing is very informative and precise!
  14. It is really important for parents to have information like this. When summer comes, I think we all have fears when going to the beach or pool. This family time does not have to be stressful. There are so many ways to have our kids save around water. Keeping the emergency number in everybody’s phone is essential!
    1. I am glad to know that you found the post informative. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  15. This was very interesting and important content to me because I am a stay-at-home dad of three young boys. And although I love them to pieces, they don’t always make the wisest choices when it comes to playing time. Yet kids will be kids and adults need to be adults. Yet as an adult we need to learn how to prevent certain things to make sure that they will have a safe environment.
    1. Agreed that kids do not make the wisest decisions because kids are kids. As adults, we need to think about the safety and take precautions. Thank you for your visit and the kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.
  16. Some great tips and a good reminder to all parents, I think never leaving kids alone is probably the most important and it’s amazing how often some parents forget this (particularly one holidays!), I have witnessed this several times and always make sure we keep an eye on ours like Hawks!
  17. Valid tips for young moms like me.The slippery part got me.can’t remember how many times I have been in and out of the clinic for both minor and major falls because of slippery floor due to water poured on the floor by the kids.I have bookmarked this page already.
    1. Glad to know that you found the post informative. Sorry to hear that slippery floors caused you misery. Wish you a safe time. Have a wonderful weekend.
  18. Water is one of the most important element in the family for both the parent and children. As important as it may seem, it can cause a serious problem if not properly monitor. No doubt children love playing with water but they can’t take care of themselves around it. Water has caused different accidents in many homes, that’s why many parents need to follow proper guidance to safely guide the house especially their young ones. You gave excellent tips in the post above and I can tell you I’m guilty of some of it. I do leave my kids many times during bath maybe to pick one or two things for them but now I’ve realized. Thanks for these tips.
    1. Thank you for your comment. Sometimes we do not realize that our act may be unsafe. It is always good to keep an eye on safety documents so that we do not miss the precautions we should always take. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful day.
  19. I love your post! Because we have children here ages 4 and under. They are fond of the water. I will take note of this post. Its very helpful and i like that you are concern in this topic.
      1. Thanks also and you respond to queries and each comment. Water safety for our children is a serious concern. Its a matter of life or death scenario. The solution is we have to simply be mindful on the kids every minute.
  20. Great article! very informative!

    Wafer safety for children is an important measure. It can be very dangerous for the child, if we fail to take precautions regarding water safety.

    It is very true that even one or two inch of water is enough for the young child to drown. We should never allow them to go alone near water. Ample care should be taken even during bathing the child

    Dry drowning, is also an important factor, which leads to respiratory complications to the child.

    1. I agree with you on all those. We always need to be careful when there are kids around. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      1. My pleasure!
        I also thank you for re-commenting me. It means a lot to me. I like this forum to a greater extend, very intresting at the same time very informative. I’m sure to be an active member on this forum.
  21. Never swim alone and learn how to swim! These are the best ways to make water safe for the kids. Thank you very much for stressing how important water safety is for kids. Kids really love to play in the water, By following these tips, it will give parents a peace of mind and allow kinds to enjoy playing in the water to the fullest. Plus, swimming is really a great physical activity for kids, it will help them develop a better physique.
    1. I am happy to know that you liked the post. Definitely, swimming is a great physical activity. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  22. Thank you for the tips, these are really helpful. Kids always love swimming. They enjoyed a lot and tend to forget some things around them when they are in the water. I’ve red an article about dry drowning, it’ s scary but tganks to the tips and avice.
  23. If parents knew how imporant this information is…
    I sadly have a case like this in my family. The whole family was shattered, of course. Never trust your kid alone near a pool, lake or sea. Cheers,
    1. I am so sorry to hear that you experienced something very sad. I wish all the blessings for your family.

      Have a wonderful evening. Thank you.

  24. It is a great article. I find this article highly informative. Always have parents accompany their children to pools. Children should be taught all the water safety measures beforehand. Swimming should be the first thing a child learns after growing up.
    1. Yes, learning to swimming is very important. Even if kids know how to swim, grownups need to supervise water activities, as you said. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
  25. Thank you for your informative and thoughtful tip on water safety for kids. This is really helpful for me as a parent.
  26. It is a smart idea if you are with your kids at anytime or everytime for you to guard your children from to the water. Many kids are happy to see the swimming pool so they tend to walk a around it and accidentally fall to the water. We should be responsible for the safety of our kids.
  27. Never leave your kids in a swimming pool by themselves. The amount of videos I have seen that have been recorded by CCTV cameras and the kids are drowning but no one can notice. I’ve even seen one happen in a filled up swimming pool with people all around but they don’t notice this one kid drowning. It’s horrible to watch. You should always look after your kid when they are near the swimming pool or swimming in it.
  28. We should never leave our children near a pool or sea. Because they have the tendency to enjoy the water but they don’t know that they can drown from water. We have to always stay vigilant and mindful in the presence of the children. Be careful and stay safe!
    1. That is true. Young children have no real idea about the real consequences of their actions. They mainly focus on the enjoyment brought about playing on the water, not having real clue about the dangerous effects of this.
  29. I love your post and your advise. We really need to make sure that kids will always be safe especially in water. As much as possible, we shouldn’t loose our sight to them because a fraction of a second can be a lethal to them.
  30. Such a nice article about water safety for kids and children. I could recall when I nearly drown in water while I was 8 as result of mom taking us to a restaurant that has got a pool and went to get something from the car. My kid brother was just 6 then, but I was lucky that nearby persons rescued me that day.

    There is this attraction that always makes kids want to play in the water and that is what most parents need to know. Thank you for making such a nice list of how to protect the children from the water. Importantly, not leaving them alone where there is water assuming they won’t go near.

  31. Ha ha ha! I love your advice “Do not trust your children” this is so true. Even my children is a swimmer, I do not trust them especially in the beach. Sometimes the beach is deceiving. It looks calm but later it will start to be wavy worse is sometimes the current is strong and it’s too late for you to realize your child is already in a deep water. That’s why I tried to learn CPR in case of emergency. We don’t know when will accident strikes so parents, be alert when your children are having a good time in the water.
  32. I was told of a woman who was bathing her newly born child in a water filled bathtub when the phone in the room rang. She had been expecting the call. Without thinking, she dropped the infant in the bathtub and headed for the phone…unbelievable right? Well it’s actually a joke, am only trying to point out to the the tip “Don’t leave a baby alone during bath”. I mean, who does that?

    However, one can never be to careful when it comes to water and children. I agree with all the safety trips above. These are some of the reasons why I always keep an extra eye on kids whenever they are around a large amount of water.

  33. We use a plastic tub to give a bath to our baby. We never leave our baby alone in the tube. Our baby is also very small to walk or crawl, therefore, we are not in big dangers, however, we are also aware that when the baby begins to walk, we need to make sure, that the kid does not have access to swimming pools, bathtubs, water tanks etc. I know a parent who lost his child when the buy was trying to peek inside a water tank. Therefore, I am very concerned about eater safety measures.
    1. That is indeed awful, especially considering that it could have been prevented. I guess that is one example where proper CPR is a knowledge that could be more than useful for all parents.
    2. Definitely leaving a kid alone is just like suicide. I mean your simply putting your kid to danger and remember regret comes in the last. There is nothing wrong with keeping a keen watch we really don’t know when accidents may happen especially to kids.
      1. I agree that it is indeed like suicide. Kids don’t have the proper judgment to realize the real impact and consequences of not being careful around water. For them, it is all about fun and games, nothing more.
  34. You have posted the real danger and if we would follow all your tips our kids would be safe. I think that all we must do is to never stop watching our kids when they are near the water because it is enough to turn our head for one second a tragedy may happen!
  35. This is indeed a very useful list for parents, especially for those who have toddlers and preschoolers. It is extremely imperative that there is someone who would look out for the children whenever they’re in water to prevent any accidents. Then again, just in case things like this could happen, learning how to do CPR properly would come in very handy.
  36. ..sorry to hear about your one time neighbor who drowned.

    I agree that kids should be taught swimming at the earliest possible age/stage to avoid any possible future mishap like that of your neighbor. But until then, I strongly recommended the above tips for kids safety around water.

  37. I love this post. It is really important to know these advices especially if you have little kids in the house. Like me I have a 2 yr old kid that needs 100% supervision. He touches everything in our house so it is advisable to alwaks keep an eye on him. This post definitely is a big help since it it gives you ideas on how to take good care of children importantly about water safety.
    1. I am glad to know that you liked the post. Definitely, with little ones 100% supervision is necessary. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful week.
  38. Excellent tips on water safety! Appreciate it so much. To sum it all parents should always be attentive in watching over their kids the same way as with baby sitters. Never ever trust your toddler and always keep an eye watch in everything they do. I am a hands on dad and I make sure I never move away my eyes on them when I am around. I don’t want to regret everything simply because I am too careless.
  39. Water is very important for everyone because it supplies the needs of people not just only for drinking but for pleasure as well. It is human’s responsibility to take care of our natural resources and one of these is the water. We are very sensitive especially to children because they are easily expose in playing and drinking water and we should be looking after them if they are safe to have it in order to maintain good health.
  40. I always love your post. It’s life saver. All those information are very helpful that all of us should be aware of specially if we have kids and elderly at home. Thank you so much.

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