How to keep your kids safe around water this summer

Hi, it’s Dr Margie.

It’s summer… and that means holidays and lots of swimming, but did you know each year in Australia we lose around 30 kids under the age of four to drowning?

Children aged one to four are the most at risk of drowning and it’s the leading cause of death when it comes to preventable injuries, so for this blog, I want to make sure you have the best tools and information to keep your kids safe this summer.

Drowning in children 1- 4 years can occur in minutes and in most cases it’s within the time it takes to answer the door or to make a cup of tea. Always supervise your children around water.

For babies, the bathtub is the most common site for drowning to occur. A baby can drown in just 30 seconds if you need to answer the phone, for example, take your baby with you.

Drowning in children 1- 4 years can occur in minutes and in most cases the time it takes to answer the door or make a cup of tea can be catastrophic. Always supervise your children around water.

Thank you for supporting my blog this year! I can’t wait to bring you more tips and advice in 2018.

Please note: Dr Margie is no longer monitoring questions on this blog. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice. 

To print out a DRSABC sheet on basic life support, click here. 

For more information on first aid courses, click here. 

Or visit the RCH Kids Health Info fact sheets on;

Water safety 

Bath safety 

Pool safety 

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