by Tasneem Dhinojwala
The percentage of death due to drowning for Indian children is more than anywhere else in the world. Here are steps to save a child from drowning
Drowning is one of the major causes that leads to injury and death in children in the age group between 01- to – 04 years. The percentage of death due to drowning for Indian children is more than anywhere else in the world. The ratio of boys drowning in comparison to girls is higher as well. During the monsoons, the risk is even higher, especially in the regions that get heavy rainfall. Flooded waterways, open water-bodies, open drains and swimming pools are major risks leading to drowning.
Since prevention is better than cure, here are a few steps that can help in preventing your child from drowning:
It is always the best attitude to supervise your children in and around water bodies. Be watchful and attentive when you have young children be it in and around a swimming pool, seaside or during the monsoons or even a bathtub. Do not indulge in any other activity, even if it just talking on the phone. You need to be close enough to reach out to your children in case of an emergency. Undivided attention should be the key here for your child’s safety.
2. Swimming lessons:
3. Using the correct safety device:
Using air-filled or foam toys as a safety device, is a complete no-no. It is but natural to get swayed by the wide range of fancy and attractive swimming accessories available in the market. But most of these are not designed keeping the swimmer’s safety in mind. Use life jackets instead.
4. Seek professional help:
It is always a good idea to have lifeguards around. In case of any emergency, despite knowing how to swim, one can be numbed due to shock and not react immediately as required. Professional help at hand will prove a boon.
5. Opt for a ‘safe’ swimming pool:
Most of the societies these days have swimming pools. Generally the pools are open with a small section, which is less deep than the rest of the pool, allocated for children. It is important to have fencing as division as a preventive measure. Also the pool should have some kind of fencing/barrier on all sides to prevent any child from falling inside accidentally. Installation of alarm is another option that can be had in and around the pool.
6. Learn CPR:
Knowing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can help you save someone’s life. Till professional help arrives, the moments that can save a life is where CPR and other first-aid training comes handy.Getting trained in CPR just requires a day. It can be done from any healthcare organizations. There are many options available online that train in CPR and give certification as well.
7. Stay away from the drain:
Teach children to stay away from drains. Be it the drains inside the swimming pools or anywhere outside, children have to be clearly told to keep away from them. It is a known fact that many times children’s hand, feet, or swimming accessories get stuck in the drain, and as a result leads to drowning.
Enjoy the rains and the time in the swimming pool with your little ones. But do keep the safety first rule in mind. If there are any other tips, do share with us.
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