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Pool Safety Tips for Kids

May 9, 2017 2:03 pm

Pool Safety Tips for KidsSwimming season is well on its way, and depending on water temperatures, you may have even taken a dip or two in the pool already. But regardless of how often your family plans to swim this summer, it’s important to know and follow some key pool safety measures. In fact, if you have a pool at your home, some of the information below should be on your mind all year round. At Children’s Wellness Center, we’re dedicated to the health and safety of all our pediatric patients, so here are some pool safety tips to keep your children safe this summer and in the years to come:

  • Any child in or near the water should always be supervised by an adult who can swim well and, ideally, who knows how to administer CPR for the children they’re supervising. Especially for children under the age of five, use “touch supervision”: an adult should always be within arm’s reach of the child. For children of any age, the adult with them should be responsible and undistracted. Use this as an opportunity to put away your phone or laptop and enjoy quality time with your children.
  • Be thinking about your child’s safety near any amount of water—never assume water is too shallow to pose a drowning risk. Sadly, even toilets and buckets of water can be dangerous for babies and children, so beyond staying on your toes near shallow “baby pools,” be sure to check out our blogs about childproofing your home, too.
  • Before signing up for swimming lessons for your child, consider some of this information from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
    1. While swimming lessons are recommended for children over four years of age to reduce the risk of drowning, there is no data to support that swimming lessons for babies less than one year old will reduce drowning risks. For toddlers between the ages of one and four, parents should use their discretion and determine whether their child’s emotional and physical development has reached a point when they’re ready for swimming lessons.
    2. Particularly for children less than four years old, make sure you choose a swimming class that adheres to the national YMCA guidelines.
    3. While swimming lessons (when appropriate) can provide an added line of defense, they are not 100% effective in preventing drowning, so even the most able swimmers should always be supervised in the pool.
  • Inflatable pools should be emptied and put away after each use.
  • Enforce detailed safety rules, including (but not limited to):
    1. No running near the pool.
    2. No pushing other children’s heads under water.
    3. No rough-housing in or near the pool.
    4. No bicycles or tricycles inside the pool’s enclosed fence.
  • Remember, children should always be wearing a life jacket when they’re in or near the water. Do not use wearable “floaties,” inner tubes, noodles, or other inflatable toys as substitutes.
  • Make sure the depth of each area of the pool is clearly marked, and point out the shallow end and the deep end to your child. Using the different depths responsibly should be part of your swimming pool safety
  • For both above-ground and in-ground swimming pools in your yard, you should have a fence around all four sides of the pool. The fence needs to be at least four feet tall, with a latch that works properly, opens away from the pool, and is out of reach of your child (the recommended height is at least 54 inches). If your house serves as the fourth wall of the fence, make sure all exits (including “doggie doors”) are properly secured. Keep any lawn furniture or other climbable items away from the fence as well, so children can’t climb on them to get over the fence.
  • If your pool has a cover, make sure it’s completely removed before you use the pool, and do not allow your child to walk on the cover or to go near it unsupervised.
  • Keep a first aid kit as well as one or more types of rescue equipment (like a lifesaver ring on a rope, or a shepherd’s hook) poolside at all times in the case of a swimming injury, and show your children how to use them. Be sure that this equipment is made of fiberglass or another strong, non-metal material so that it can be safely used during a storm if necessary.
  • Keep hot tubs and spas out of your child’s reach, and make sure your child knows that these items are off-limits.
  • Make sure any pool drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act, and keep up with a consistent pool servicing schedule so they’re always in proper working order.
  • If at any time you cannot find your child, look in your pool or pond first.
  • Explain to your child that he or she should never dive into water without knowing that it is deep enough.
  • You, your children, and any adults supervising your children at the pool should all know what to do in the case of a drowning emergency. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
    1. Get the victim out of the water as quickly as possible, and determine if they are breathing on their own. If not, start administering CPR.
    2. Tell one of the other people present to call 911. If there is no one else around, CPR should be a higher priority than calling 911.
    3. If there is no one to call 911, continue CPR until the victim is breathing on their own, and then go to call 911. If someone else has been able to call for help, continue CPR until the victim is breathing on their own or until the paramedics arrive.
    4. Even if the victim seems fine after the incident, they need to have a medical exam to make sure they are truly okay.
  • While you should always be vigilant in supervising children while they swim, pay particularly close attention to children with developmental disabilities or seizure disorders, as they are at a higher risk than others.

There is plenty to think about in order to keep your child safe at the pool, but don’t let it scare you. As long as you’re prepared ahead of time and are supervising your children appropriately, swimming can be a great way for kids to have fun during the summer, stay cool, enjoy the outdoors, and get some exercise. For answers to your other questions about keeping your children healthy and safe this summer, contact us at Children’s Wellness Center and we’ll be happy to help. Or, to make sure your child is in tip-top shape before kicking off the summer festivities, schedule a well child visit on our convenient patient portal.

Dear CWC: A Q&A with the Doctors of Children’s Wellness Center

November 10, 2016 11:21 am

Dear CWC A Q&A with the Doctors of Children’s Wellness CenterHere at Children’s Wellness Center (CWC), we take great joy in sharing our expertise with the world. As parents ourselves, we understand that parents with young kids have plenty of questions; after all, there is a lot to know. That’s why we’re always happy to take a few minutes to answer some common questions we receive in regards to health and wellness for young children.

We take immense pride in establishing long-standing, personal relationships with our patients and their families through a combination of trust, accountability and experience. So with that said, here are some questions we receive on a fairly regular basis as well as some answers that we hope will be helpful:

Dear CWC: When can my child return to school after an ear infection?

A.) This can be a judgment call for parents. Ear infections are not contagious so you do not need to worry about your child potentially infecting his or her classmates. As long as kids are feeling well enough to resume their normal school activities and their fever has been gone for at least 24 hours (without the use of Tylenol or ibuprofen), it is safe for them to head back to school. Just communicate with your kids to ensure symptoms are not recurring.

Dear CWC: What can I do at home to help control my child’s asthma?

A.) There are a number of steps you can take to help reduce your child’s asthma symptoms in the house. Reducing your child’s exposure to items that can trigger asthma symptoms (like dust or mold) can help reduce flare ups. Dust mite covers and hypoallergenic bedding can be good ways of control dust mites. Additionally, certain pets in the home can also provide difficulties for kids with asthma. Consult your child’s healthcare provider before committing to a pet or if you already have a pet in the home that could pose potential issues. You may also want to consider asthma-safe pets like fish.

Dear CWC: Can drinking fruit juice provide the same nutritional value for my kids as actually eating fruit?

A.) Unfortunately not. Kids love fruit juice due to the sweet taste, but fruit juices don’t have the fiber and other essential nutrients kids get from eating fruit. In fact, many fruit juices can actually lead to health problems like poor nutrition, obesity and tooth decay due to high levels of sugar. According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids between 1 and 6 years of age should be limited to 4-6 ounces maximum of fruit juice per day. Kids above the age of 6 should be limited to a maximum of between 8-12 ounces daily.

When it comes to the health and wellness of your kids, there is no such thing as an unimportant question. Each month we host Children’s Wellness Center Meet & Greet events where we invite new and expectant parents to meet with our providers. These events are a great way to get a better feel for who we are, what we do, and how our practice can help provide your family with quality healthcare you can depend on. If you’re interested in learning more, you can always contact Children’s Wellness Center at 404-303-1314.

Children’s Wellness Center Patient Resources

November 24, 2015 11:53 am

Welcome to the Children’s Wellness Center (CWC) blog – we’re thrilled to have you!  Children’s Wellness Center providers started this blog as a way to share news on topics we feel are important to your child’s healthcare.  We are most excited to share our new website with you and hope it makes managing your child’s care easier and more efficient.  From information on recommended medical dosing and what to keep in your medicine cabinet to our pediatric services and frequently asked questions, we want our site to serve as an extension of our community-driven practice.  One of our many goals at Children’s Wellness Center is to always strive to provide the best possible care for your child, so we wanted to introduce you to some of the main features we are most excited to share – to serve as a guide for navigating our website:

Children’s Wellness Center Patient ResourcesCWC Blog & Testimonials

Our hope for our blog is that it will serve as an additional resource for parents and allow us to better focus on fostering the best patient/physician relationship we possibly can.  Each week we plan to cover topics that we find are most relevant to helping keep your children healthy and happy – they’re some of the most important people in our lives after all!  Additionally our testimonials page features videos from some of our actual patients who were gracious enough to share their experience at Children’s Wellness Center.  Our patients are a direct extension of our CWC family and we believe they can offer greater insight to what we do and how we can help you and your children with exceptional pediatric care.

CWC Services

Well child visits, immunizations, and after-hours care are just a small fraction of the services we offer at Children’s Wellness Center.  Sure, Google can direct you to sites that can help explain how to help if your child is sick, but we wanted to provide patients with resources that are up-to-date and trusted by our CWC providers.  We’ve made sure to cover everything from injuries and nutrition resources to behavioral issues and emergency visit information; basically all of the things we could think of to help you out.  Whether at your home or away on vacation – we’re always here for you!

CWC Patient Portal

Now, parents of new and existing patients can access their child’s commonly required medical information 24/7 on a secure network (we encrypt all patient information to protect our patient’s privacy!).  Within our patient portal you have the ability to:

  • check for pending appointments and outstanding account balances.
  • view current prescriptions and request refills.
  • examine vaccination and allergy records.
  • request appointments for well visits, referrals, school physicals, etc.

We feel the CWC patient resources help make your time more efficient because it’s like a one-stop-shop for your child’s medical information, whenever you need it.  Our schedules and lives are already busy enough; we just want to help simplify it.  Be sure to check back frequently as we dive deeper into pediatric healthcare, tips and important information that we know you won’t want to miss.  If you have suggestions for blog topics that you’d like to see mentioned we’d love to hear from you so feel free to reach out to us and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to let us know.  Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you back next week!