As redundant as it may sound, accidents can happen anywhere, and unfailingly without notice. So when Anthea Chester of Australia decided to chill by the pool as her daughter pulled out her brand new air-lounger to go for a float in the pool, little she know that it was a matter of seconds before this peaceful picture would get all topsy-turvy.
Her 12-year-old daughter Hollie was engulfed in an air-lounger on which she was floating in the pool. According to Anthea, the child had no idea how to get out of it as the fabric of the lounger clung to her face and her entire body.
Here’s her Facebook update on those scary moments when she almost lost her daughter.
As scary as it sounds, these are hazards in the seemingly harmless things that we use and encounter in our daily lives. Being attentive and quick-on-your-toes is what can save the day. At least that’s what saved Anthea’s little cherub, Hollie!
Clearly, one can never be careful enough, especially with a child around, more so if the child is around a body of water. It’s easy to lose control and before you know it things may take turn for the worse, especially around water.
Be it a beach or a swimming pool, water can be dangerous for children if the parents aren’t extremely cautious. According to reports, nearly 1,000 children die each year by drowning. But that doesn’t mean we keep them from splashing in the pool or at the beach. Here are some essential tips to ensure that your child remains safe and sound as he plays in the water:
Take swimming lessons yourself. If you witness things going wrong in a pool or at the beach, the last thing you want to do is run amok looking for help. Be ready. Always.
Even a swimmer can be at risk. Just because your child is an excellent swimmer, doesn’t mean he can be left unsupervised. All children need to have an adult swimmer within arm’s reach for supervision and safety purposes.
Lifejackets are a must. Invest in well-fitted swimwear as well as floaters or lifejackets before letting your little one in the water.
Learning CPR is key. Learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a child. While the prime function of CPR remains the same, the technique is slightly different from that of an adult.
There is no denying that children enjoy swimming, floating, and playing games in the pool, the beach, or even the bath tub. Instead of denying them these simple pleasures in life, what’s essential for us is to keep these basic tips in mind and let them make beautiful memories.
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