Health Watch - Summer Vacation: Watch the Water

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying your summer vacation – or the holiday weekend – in health and safety. The lake, swimming pool and seashore are popular spots for summer fun, but you need to take care when kids are in the water.

Whenever children are around water, you can help prevent accidental drownings by designating a water watcher, someone who is focused on watching swimmers. Dr. Steven Kernie, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a lot of drownings happen at events where a number of adults are present, but everyone assumes someone else is watching the kids. The designated water watcher should not be in the water, should keep a charged cellphone within reach and should refrain from eating, drinking or talking while on duty. That allows the watcher to notice an emergency and react quickly.

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June 2011

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