As it gets hotter, more families turn to local swimming pools, waterparks, or the beach to have fun and stay cool during the summer months. While the cool water can be fun and refreshing, it is also dangerous if swimmers are not properly educated.
In local swimming areas, recreational water illnesses, or RWIs, can be quite common. Germs that are spread by swallowing, breathing in mists of, or having contact with contaminated water causes these recreational water illnesses.
Ways to help prevent RWIs include keeping bodily fluids, fecal matter, and dirt out of swimming areas. Don’t go swimming if you are sick with an upset stomach! In pools, you can ask the pool operator how often the chlorine and pH levels are checked and what the latest pool inspection score was. These questions can help determine if the pool is a clean environment to swim and play!
RWIs are not the only water related danger! Drowning is a major risk when playing in the water. To avoid drowning dangers, enroll your child in swimming classes to ensure they are educated and skilled before jumping in the water. Never let children go into the water alone. Whether it is a parent or a friend, it is safer to have someone near by in case of an emergency, not to mention it’s more fun swimming with friends!
Make sure your child knows when enough is enough. Continuing to play and swim while being too tired, too cold, too deep, or too far from safety can lead to accidents. And ALWAYS supervise children playing in or around water!
With the proper education on water safety, your summer can be fun-filled and accident free!
However, if you suspect your child has a recreational water illness don’t hesitate to call Rainbow Pediatrics at (850) 257-5524!