Summertime is the perfect time for kids and parents alike to enjoy a dip in the pool. Don’t let a relaxing day poolside turn into an emergency for your family. By sticking to some simple water safety rules, you can all enjoy swimming without a trip to the hospital interrupting your fun. Keep these rules in mind the next time your family decides to go swimming.
Teach kids how to swim
Swimming lessons are one of the best safety tools you can give to your child. When your child knows how to swim, you can drastically reduce the risk of an accidental injury or drowning, even if your child inadvertently falls into the water or enters deeper water than he or she expected.
Although your child may not have the gross motor skills and coordination to truly begin swimming until they are three or four, you can take swimming classes with your baby when they are as young as four months. Babies may not actually learn how to swim, but can get comfortable in the water during these classes.
Never let kids swim alone
No matter how much your child swims like a fish, kids should never be left alone to swim without an adult present. If you have a home pool, make sure your kids know that it is off-limits unless they are with you or another adult.
If you are swimming with a group of kids and adults, make sure the adults take turns being actively responsible for supervising the kids. It’s easy for adults to all assume someone else is watching the kids, when in reality, no one is.
Make drains off-limits
Pool drains can pose a danger to kids, so make sure your little ones know to swim away when they see one. If you swim in a public pool, make sure the drains have safety covers. Your home pool should have them as well.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatrics team and children’s emergency care department is here all year long to make sure your little ones stay healthy during every season. Learn more about our children’s hospital in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.
For parents, knowing when to take a baby to the ER can be difficult. As a general guideline, seek out children’s emergency care any time you feel concerned about your baby’s symptoms. It is better to find out that your baby’s symptoms aren’t being caused by a medical emergency than to wait and see what happens, only to find out that your child needs urgent care. If you are weighing your options, here are some of the circumstances in which you should take your baby to the ER right away.
Fevers are scary for parents, and while older kids can often be treated with home care when they have a fever, babies should generally be seen by a pediatrician. If your baby has a rectal temperature higher than 100.4 F when he or she is two months of age or younger, go to the ER for treatment.
In older babies, you can usually wait to see a pediatrician, unless your baby has other symptoms, such as excessive crying or lethargy.
Newborns should get ER treatment whenever they vomit. In older babies, green vomit indicates a need for emergency care. As the video explains, projectile vomiting can suggest a structural problem in the stomach that could require emergency care.
Other episodes of vomiting can be judged on a case-by-case basis. The real danger of vomiting is dehydration, so look for warning signs like dry diapers and crying without tears, and get emergency care if you suspect your baby needs fluids.
People of all ages should get emergency care when they have breathing problems, and babies are no different. If your baby is wheezing, is having visible chest retractions or has skin that is blue-tinged, go to the ER for a diagnosis. Your baby may also need emergency care if he or she makes a high-pitched noise when breathing.
The compassionate children’s emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides fast, conscientious care designed with kids in mind. Don’t play guessing games with your baby’s health. Visit our ER for immediate care or call (702) 233-5437 for a pediatrician referral.