from the American Academy of Pediatrics
By Dr. Claire McCarthy -on parenting.com
Q. Is it safe for us to take our 5-month-old into our backyard
pool with us?
A. If he likes it, there's no reason he can't join in the fun. But your hands
and eyes should be on him at all times when he's in the water. And when he's
near the pool, don't leave him alone, not even for a moment.
If the water feels cool to you, limit his time there so he doesn't get
uncomfortable, and take him out immediately if he starts to shiver, look pale,
or get cranky. Keep his head above the water so the chlorine doesn't sting his eyes. And put a swim diaper on him instead of a regular one; it'll keep you safe if he poops while in the pool. Always bundle him up in a dry towel as soon as he gets out.
Since you own a pool, be sure to follow these safety suggestions from the
American Academy of Pediatrics:
* Surround the pool with a pool fence at least four feet high that locks.
* Keep rescue equipment (like a shepherd's hook or a life preserver) and a
telephone by the pool.
* Remove all toys and other objects from the pool after use so your child
isn't tempted to reach for them.
* Don't rely on flotation devices like wings to keep babies above water --
they're toys, not safety equipment.
* Anyone watching young children around a pool should learn CPR and be able to rescue a child if needed. www.atampapoolfence.com has swimming pool safety fences, baby gates and Pool nets to help protect you child in Tam
pa bay, FL.