Swimming & Watersports
Why not enrol on a first aid course so you are more confident in dealing with any incidents which might arise near water. It’s a good idea for older children to do a first aid course too.
Verrucas are warts which are found on the soles of feet and can be easily spread at swimming pools.
The virus which causes verrucas thrives in damp conditions and can be transferred from one person to another, so it is not unusual to catch a verruca from walking bare-footed around a pool or in the changing rooms.
Warts and verrucas are very common and most people will have one at some point in their life.
They will get better on their own but it can take time - up to two years to disappear. There are treatments available, but if the verrucas are not uncomfortable, then you can just wait it out.
Wearing Sun Cream
Water washes sunscreen off so make sure to use a water-resistant one if it's likely your child will sweat or have contact with water.
Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you have been in water, even if it's "water resistant", and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off. It is always better to be safe than get burnt!
Children aged under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. Take extra care to protect babies and children, their skin is much more sensitive than adults.
Slips & Falls Around Water
It is easy to slip and fall on the wet areas around swimming pools, particularly when running.
Not only can children injure themselves by falling on the hard surface, they can also fall into the pool, which presents a serious drowning risk, especially if they hit their head.
Preventing Slips & Falls Around Water
You can make your pool area safer for everyone by following these tips:
You can also contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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