Not to the point I won’t let my kids get in the pool, but water is something I cannot relax around, nor should I.
When we were buying a home in Burbank many years ago, my cousin had just lost his 3 year old son in the pool. It was a simple case of the parents thought everyone had followed them in for lunch when in fact they didn’t. It was a house full of kids, with family visiting and it was a sincere accident. Nonetheless, my husband and I agreed that we would not buy a home with a pool…so we didn’t.
Of course, as the kids get older, it would be nice, but we have enough friends with pools, we get by just fine.
A friend on Facebook shared an article this morning, a good reminder to us that drowning does not look like drowning. It’s no the flailing and screaming and waving arms that we see in on T.V. The article was on Modern Mom and was written by Mario Vittone.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Signs of Drowning
“This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble – they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the instinctive drowning response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long – but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.” Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:
• Head low in the water, mouth at water level
• Head tilted back with mouth open
• Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
• Eyes closed • Hair over forehead or eyes
• Not using legs – Vertical
• Hyperventilating or gasping
• Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
• Trying to roll over on the back
• Ladder climb, rarely out of the water.
“So if your children are playing in the water and everything sounds OK – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. Remember – children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.”
To read the entire article, CLICK HERE……
And stay safe and alert with even your best swimming children in the pool this summer!