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One of the most fun attractions for kids in the summer, it is the fact of spending all day in a pool, or swimming pool, however, we should not underestimate the risk that they may run, even more so when they are young. In this regard, the doctor of the quality manager to Help, Katherin Falck tells us what to do in cases of emergencies with children in swimming pools and how to prevent it.

We don't want our kids to pass anything, and take care of any accident, but the children are not aware of the danger that can run without you knowing: entering the water without supervision, do not respect the proper time for the digestion, or entering the water suddenly, are some of the practices that the boys should not perform.

In Latin america, accidents in the water have become one of the leading causes of serious emergencies and death among children under the age of 4 years, for this reason applying the techniques of resuscitation within the first 5 minutes is key to face and overcome this situation.

Suffocation by immersion

Unfortunately, the serious consequences of the suffocation by immersion is explained because in the vast majority of cases people do not know what to do against this type of accident, to prevent, to react in time, and apply techniques of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is critical.

Dr. Katherin Falck, doctor of the quality manager to Help, explains that once produced this emergency “if he comes to the rescue and applies the CPR, even though it is basic, in the first 3 to 5 minutes it is likely that the prognosis of the child better. Otherwise, the chances of survival or absence of neurological damage, severe are below 5%”

Tips for prevention

  • If you have a pool at home, it must have bars and use a key to access it.
  • The fence that surrounds the entire perimeter of the pool must have a minimum height of 1.5 m and 10 cm or less of distance between the vertical bars.
  • You must avoid within and around the pool has attractive elements for children, such as toys.
  • The “wings” are not life preservers reliable.
  • Do not allow “exploits” of teens in their swimming pool.
  • Maintain a system of cleaning water is controlled and supervised by professionals.
  • Prevent entry to pools of people under the influence of alcohol, or medications that may alter their state of alert.
  • Children must remain under the supervision of the adult.
Read also: What activities to do with kids in spring and summer?

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