Swimming Myths

Better TV and Parents Magazine team up to help keep your child safe this summer. From the bathtub to the pool, Brooke Carlson has water safety tips every parent should know.

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-You're watching Parents TV, our families our lives. -The pool is a fun place to play, but parents beware of the dangers that lurk in the water pool or no pool. -Well, we don't have a backyard pool, so drowning is really not a concern for me. -Myth #1. -Just because you don't have a pool doesn't mean to say that there aren't drowning dangers in your home. As you probably know, a baby can drown in just an inch of water and in fact half of all babies who drown actually do so in bathtubs, not in residential pools. So, you have to be very vigilant around your own home and make sure that your home is childproofed because your bathtub is a hazard, your toilet is a hazard, and even a bucket of water. -Parents Magazine says baby proof your bathroom. Lock up the toilet with a toilet lock. Make sure the door stays closed. And even if your child is in a tub seat, don't ever leave the room, not even for a second. -My daughter is almost 3. I'm thinking about enrolling her in some lessons. -Myth #2. -According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you actually shouldn't really enroll your child in swim lessons until they're about 4 because then they have the coordination and they-- then they can have an appreciation of the dangers of water too. -Liam's 8 years old. He's even been swimming on the swim team for 3 or 4 years. So, I really don't have to worry about him swimming alone. -And that's myth #3. -Just because your child can swim doesn't mean to say that she can't get into danger. If she jumps off the pool in the wrong way and hits her head or if she gets a cramp, she can always get into trouble. So, you have to be vigilant. Even though you think that she can swim very well, be there and be watchful. -Well, May can't swim, but she's wearing water wings. She should be safe. -Myth #4. -Water wings are fun, but they're not flotation devices that are meant for safety. The only flotation device that is made for safety is made by the-- and improved by the Coast Guard and those are those jackets that are very specifically for safety, but if you have a raft or rubber ring or the floaties, they are not safety devices and you should not get them if you're gonna have a false sense of security. -And finally, myth #5. -I can easily watch my kids and flip through a magazine or talk on the cellphone. -You have to be vigilant at all times. My own daughter, Grace, when she was 4 was playing in a pool and her father was right there watching her with 2 other people and she almost drowned and we had to pull her out and give her, you know, intervention. It was very, very scary and there were 3 people sitting by the pool supposedly watching her. Don't take your eyes off your child. -Parents Magazine says the #1 rule of water safety: Be vigilant. Make sure if they're in the water you're watching. -Thanks for watching Parents TV, our families our lives. Your new video source for parenting.