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Posted On May 27, 2019

What to Do If your Child Has an Accident at the Pool

Here, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyer of Sun Pacific Law discusses what to do if your child has an accident at the pool:

In case an accident happens, you have to act quickly.

It’ll be a lot easier if you already know what you need to do. Here, we outline and discuss the following:

  • Ways to tell if your child might be drowning
  • How it’s possible to pull someone safely from the water
  • How to do CPR

Ways to Tell If Your Child Might Be Drowning

The majority of drowning victims are not dramatic. They do not wave their arms or shout. When in, they physically cannot.

If you do not know what you should look for, you may not even recognize what is happening.

Learn how to recognize the possible signs of drowning:

  • They might attempt to assume the back-float position
  • It looks as if they’re attempting to climb an imaginary ladder
  • Gasping
  • Hair covers their forehead, face, or eyes
  • Eyes are closed
  • Eyes cannot focus
  • Mouth is open and head is back
  • Head or mouth at the same level as water

It might seem obvious, bye one way to know if they need assistance is to shout, “Do you need some help?” A drowning individual usually won’t have the ability to respond, whatsoever.

How It’s Possible to Pull Someone Safely from The Water

Your main priority includes getting your drowning child out of the pool.

Your first instinct may be to jump into the water and pull your child out—yet in some cases, this actually could make matters worse. Like all rescue circumstances, you cannot help the other individual if you are not safe.

Your best action includes tossing them a buoyancy device previously aforementioned (non-contact rescue). It permits them to get their head above water and remain afloat, and it’s possible to guide them to safety from far away without placing yourself at risk.

How to do CPR

The steps to Cardiopulmonary resuscitation:

  1. Open the person’s airway. With the individual lying on her/his back, slightly tilt his head back to lift his chin.
  2. Check for any breathing. Listen very carefully, for no more than ten seconds, for breathing sounds. If there isn’t any breathing, start CPR.
  3. Push fast, push hard, then count out loud. Place hands, one on top of another, in the middle of their chest. Use all your body weight to assist in administering compressions at least 2” deep, and at the minimum of 100 compressions/minute.
  4. Give rescue breaths. With the individual’s head slightly tilted back and their chin lifted, pinch their nose closed and put your mouth over the individual’s mouth to make a full seal. Blow inside the individual’s mouth to make their chest rise. Give 2 rescue breaths and continue with compressions.
  5. Continue Cardiopulmonary resuscitation steps. Keep doing chest compression and breathing cycles, until the individual shows signs of life, like breathing, an AED becomes available, or a trained medical responder or EMS gets on the scene.

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