Splashing in the water and swimming is a fun activity for children of any age. However, drowning is a leading cause of death in children under age 4. A baby can drown in just an inch of water. Also, children can get sick from germs in the water.
Here are some tips to help keep your child safe around water:
Rivers, lakes, and the ocean contain germs that may cause sickness. Swimming pools and water parks are usually safer because they use chlorine to kill germs.
If your child swallows water with germs in it, he can get diarrhea that lasts from a few days to several weeks. This diarrhea can be serious, especially for young children. Contact your healthcare provider if your child develops diarrhea after swimming.
Here are some tips to help prevent an illness from contaminated water: