The Infographic: Home pool and spa safety steps accurately pointed out the alarming numbers of children drowning, the swimming pools involved and the preventive measures to be done. It also focuses on naming the ages involved for the parents to be careful with their child.
Here are the factors why these children are at risk of drowning:
• Inability to swim: Studies have proven that one of the main reasons for drowning is that the children can’t swim. And other studies show that there is a decrease in the incidence of drowning for children who know how to swim.
• The barriers are not present: Pool fencing prevents children’s access to the pool, and without it, children will not receive adult supervision that in turn can cause drowning.
• No or decrease in close supervision: A heightened peripheral vision of parents is essential and not just their presence in preventing children from drowning.
• The location: CDC’s research proved that children mostly drown in home swimming pools, and the Infographic has the breakdown of the incidence in the different kinds of a pool.
• Presence of Disease, such as cardiovascular, respiratory and seizure disorders: Hindrances like these, most especially for febrile seizures, increases the risk of that child in drowning. Children with congenital diseases of the heart need a doctor’s approval to swim. Also, pediatricians recommend a check-up for children with respiratory asthma. A febrile seizure is common in 6 months to 5 years, which is near the age bracket of the victims of drowning.
Now that you have an idea of whom they are, it is right that an utmost importance be given in caring for a child belonging to that age bracket. The safety measures/steps presented in the Infographic is very important to make sure that children will not be left alone or be allowed to go near the pool.
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