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Door alarms, pool alarms and pool covers can also provide additional levels of protection, adding obstacles for an exploring toddler to have to get through before reaching possible harm of submersion in water.
Swimming safety skills
If infants and toddlers are relaxed in water, they can hold their breath and provide parents with a few extra seconds to pick them up out of water. As children progress past water adjustment stage, it is important to teach skills such as jumping in, turning around and swimming back to side, recovering up for a breath and rolling to back for a breath. These skills provide additional protection should an unsupervised water entry occur.
Have an emergency action plan prepared so that in event of an accident you are able to stay calm and react efficiently and quickly. It is important all parents and caregivers are certified in Infant/Child CPR and first aid procedures.
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