Spring 2011
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Swim Safely this Summer!


With the end of school right around the corner, Central Texas children will be eager to jump into the cool, blue waters of area swimming pools. Safe Kids USA wants to remind parents to be extra vigilant around pools and open water because child drownings increase dramatically in the summer months, as compared to the rest of the year.

Swimming is a great way for children to get exercise; however, parents do have to be cautious when taking their kids to the pool. Some steps you can take include supervising your child closely in or near a swimming pool and never leaving a small child alone near the water, even for a moment.

Enrolling your child in swimming lessons is another safeguard. Here are some links with information about City of Austin swimming lessons and the 2011 pools schedule:

Parents are also encouraged to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury and improve the chance of survival.

CPR Resources
Adult and pediatric CPR certification courses are available through the Seton Family of Hospitals and include lecture, demonstrations and practice.

Community classes provide basic, non-certification CPR training and are taught by independent instructors (listed below).

You can also learn core CPR techniques at home with “Friends & Family CPR Anytime.” Available on DVD, this self-directed learning program uses the research-proven Practice-While-Watching method that helps improve learning and retention. These kits can be purchased in most Seton Family of Hospitals gift shops (call first to check availability). For more information about Friends & Family CPR Anytime, visit the American Heart Association website.

Austin-Area CPR Instructors
David Baugh – (512) 636-1592 (cell)
Dulce Cias – (512) 944-2421
Robin Hambright – (512) 296-0191 (cell)
John Williams – (512) 738-5496

Sources: Safe Kids USA, Children’s Health Encyclopedia, GoodHealth.com, Seton’s CPR program

Swim Safely This Summer!

Good Health for Kids is produced by Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.