Water safety and preventing recreational water illness – tips from AboutKidsHealth

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July 15-21 is National Drowning Prevention Week (#NDPW2018), which aims to raise awareness of risk factors for drowning and how to stay safe while swimming in or playing close to water. Drowning can happen in as short a time as 20 seconds, so it is important to stay vigilant to ensure your child’s safety and make smart choices while swimming and boating.

AboutKidsHealth has a number of articles on water safety, including:

Visit AKH’s Summer tips learning hub for more information on how to keep kids safe while in or around water.

Kids can also be at risk of recreational water illnesses if they are spending lots of time in public pools or water parks in the hot weather. To learn more about symptoms and how to avoid bacteria that cause recreational water illnesses, visit the AKH article Recreational water illnesses: Prevention and precaution.

AboutKidsHealth is SickKids’ patient education website, which offers more than 3,500 articles, illustrations and videos on a range of paediatric health topics. For more information on water safety, recreational water illnesses, and more, visit www.aboutkidshealth.ca.