Safe summer swimming tips

Bright sunbeams stream through the window on a summer day as the temperature climbs on the thermometer outside the window. The kids are on summer break and are as amped as ever. As you tell the kids to get their swimsuits, toss the sunscreen and towels in your bag and slip on your flip flops, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of summer pool time. But pool time needs safe swimming tips as well. The Joint assembled a good list of water safety for kids for you and your family this summer. Highlights below:

  1. Take Swimming Lessons – The American Red Cross says that learning to swim is the biggest thing you can do to ensure your safety around the pool. Don’t think that swim lessons are just for kids; you are never too old to learn. Check out Bionix Health at Home’s guide to learning how to swim as an adult.
  2. Avoid Swimmer’s Ear – No one wants this painful infection of the ear. Swimmer’s ear is responsible for 2.4 million visits to the doctor every year, according to the CDC. The infection is caused when water becomes trapped in the ear canal after swimming or other water-based activities. The warm, moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Thankfully, Bionix Heath at Home makes an inexpensive ($5.99 for a pack of 20), effective device for removing water from the ears: AfterSwim. Unlike cotton swaps or alcohol drips, AfterSwim is safe and fast and without any negative side effects.
  3. Don’t Overdo It – Whether it is lifting heavy coolers, spending too much time in the heat and risking heat exhaustion, or moving too fast on the slippery cement, be on guard against unexpected health and safety risks.

And one that Bionix would like to add…

  1. Wear Sunscreen! – When the sun’s UV rays reach the skin’s inner layer, the skin produces more pigment or melanin, which can appear as a tan. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of a tan does not indicate good health, but is actually a response to skin cell injury. Repeated skin cell injury can heighten your risk of skin cancer. You can reduce the risk for you and your family by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapplying after swimming or after every 2 hours in the sun.

Visit The Joint for the full list of swimming pool rules for safety.

Other safe swimming tips are available from Safe Kids International. You can download a PDF of their pool safety checklist here, or follow them on social media for other health and safety topics.

You can purchase AfterSwim on the Bionix Health at Home website.

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