Things have changed a bit since Grandma and Grandpa used to take a dip in the old swimming hole! Even if you're a young and thoroughly modern grandparent, you may not be up to speed on water safety for kids. Here's what you need to know.
01 of 07
Those bubbles are oh, so enticing! But hot tubs and spas can be dangerous for children, whose bodies can't dissipate heat as rapidly as an adult's. More dangers lurk around the drain. Learn when it's okay for children to use a hot tub or spa, and why older units may need to be modified for safety.
02 of 07
If you're a grandparent, you no doubt remember friendly competitions to see who could hold their breath longest under water. So why do pools have signs prohibiting underwater swimming and breath holding? It's due to a phenomenon called shallow water blackout, and anyone who supervises children around water needs to know about it. Bottom line: Kids need to stay on top of the water.
03 of 07
Do Swim Lessons Keep Kids Safe in the Water?
Swimming lessons are valuable water safety measures as long as they do not create a false sense of security. Children who have had swimming lessons can still drown. Children who swim well should still be supervised. Learn about the latest recommendation about swim lessons.
04 of 07
Whether they are called splash parks, splash pads or spraygrounds, these water recreation devices have become highly popular because there is no danger of drowning. Unfortunately, splash parks are also very popular with a water-borne illness called cryptosporidiosis. Learn whether this pesky visitor is likely to be in residence at your local spray park.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Do You Know What Drowning Looks Like?
Most child drownings occur while children are being supervised. Sometimes the adult is looking right at the child and doesn't recognize that the child is drowning. That's because drowning persons seldom call out or wave their arms because instinctively they are directing all their efforts to staying above water. A drowning person may have closed eyes, glassy eyes or hair over eyes. If a grandchild in the water doesn't respond to your call, you should immediately get to them and find... out if they are in distress. Learn more about how to recognize drowning.
06 of 07
Although it is very rare, children can die hours after leaving the water from the phenomenon known as secondary drowning. Swallowed water can set off a chain reaction in the body, resulting in a condition known as pulmonary edema. After grandchildren have been in the water, grandparents should be alert for the signs and symptoms of secondary drowning.
07 of 07
Check for Proper Pool Drain Covers
A relatively rare but horrifying type of child death can result from entrapment in the drain of a hot tub or swimming pool. While only a few such deaths occur in the United States each year, the deaths are easily preventable with some simple safety measures, including proper hot tub and pool drain covers.