Assign a Water Watcher
We were told in the PICU that the worst drowning accidents happen when there is a large group of people. Think parties or backyard barbecues. Everyone thinks someone else is watching. That’s when accidents happen and that’s terrifying. We had 6 adults actively watching the kids when my daughter’s accident happened. Not one of us noticed that she had snuck away and was quietly drowning in the hot tub only 10 feet away. Anytime you are near water, especially when you have a larger group of adults, you need to have an assigned water watcher. There are only 2 rules for the Water Watcher but they are STRICT:
- The Water Watcher does nothing else but watch the kids in the water. No phone. No talking to other adults. No reading. Nothing.
- Rotate Water Watchers every 15-20 minutes to make sure the person watching stays alert.
You are the only one in charge of your non-swimming kids. One of the nurses that cared for my daughter told me that she has learned to never ask someone else to watch her non-swimming child. You are the one who is going to be most mindful of your own child and both you and the person you asked to watch your child would feel terrible if something happened. Every year, over 800 children drown. Most of those children are toddlers. As a mom, I want to make sure I pay attention to those stats because it happens and it happens often.
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