Warning

Drowning

Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under the age of five in Australia. Tragically many of these deaths occur at home in the bath tub. Since the year 2000, 47 children under 5 have drowned in the bath in Australia.

So please:
– Never leave children unattended in or around water
– Never leave older siblings to watch over a baby in the bath
– Always be actively supervising within arms reach during bath time
– Empty bath water emmidiately after use

Positive Learning Experience

Learning to swim should be a positive experience for both parent and child. I am critical of any baby swimming methods that use force or intimidation when teaching children to swim. Swimming lessons can be fun and children can achieve amazing results through regular loving exposure to the water. Remember no child is drownproof, children are only safe when being actively supervised within arms reach of an adult.

Kids Alive do the 5

If you would like more information on drowning prevention visit Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive website www.kidsalive.com.au .

Hypernatremia

Hyponatremia can occur when a baby swallows a large amount of water in a short period of time. It can cause lethargy, vomiting, unconsciousness and convulsions. Symptoms of Hypernatremia may include distended stomach, irritability, increased urine output, vomiting. Although hyponatremia is extremely rare parents need to be aware of the potential risks. If your baby shows symptoms seek medical advice immediately.

Breath Control

Babies are born with an airway protective reflex where the larynx closes to block the entrance to the airway. This reflex disappears a few months after birth. Some people believe that because of this reflex a baby can be submerged without warning. I believe this practice to be dangerous and irresponsible. With my daughter I use a stimulus response method known as conditioning to teach her breath control. Visit the conditioning page for more information.