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Moms Talk: How Do You Teach Pool Safety?

And how can St. Louis parents ensure their youngsters reapply sunscreen?

is a go-to place for kids in summertime. It's got water, slides, sunshine and more.

Because it's so popular, there's probably a pretty good chance that your youngsters will be visiting the pool with other non-adults over the course of the next few months.

Of course, you still want Johnny and Jane to stay safe and behave. That's where you come in. We want to hear how you've accomplished that goal. Read what follows, then post a comment to this article with your thoughts.

So onto this week's question: If your kids are at a pool with someone other than a parent, what do you do to make sure they reapply sunscreen and generally follow the pool's rules?

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Haines June 08, 2011 at 04:14 PM
My number one rule in pool safety is never to leave children unattended around water, even if they are strong swimmers. -Dr. Cindy Haines (www.drcindyhaines.com, author of The New Prescription: How to Get the Best Health Care in a Broken System)
Martha Baur June 08, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I agree with Cindy...absolutely no swimming without an adult present. Also, a good idea if you are ever having a pool party, hire a lifeguard. That way if the adults start chatting or get distracted, you can have the piece of mind of knowing that a responsible individual is watching the pool. There is a company called Backyard Lifeguards. Started here in St. Louis, you can hire a certified lifeguard through them. www.backyard-lifeguards.com Also, on another note, the best way to protect your child is by making sure he/she learns to swim. Ackermann's Swim Program in Kirkwood is a fantastic place to get your child swimming! www.aspkirkwood.com And of course, don't forget the sunscreen and apply it often! Happy summer!
Laura Falk June 09, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I just read a powerful piece on what drowning looks like: http://gcaptain.com/drowning/?10981 This was written by a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, and points out that people having trouble in the water frequently don't yell and wave their arms around to draw attention to themselves - in fact, just the opposite is more likely to occur. Very good information to have when supervising kids in the water.

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