It was terrifying for us moms in the bleachers, who alerted the unknowing lifeguards by screaming at the top of our lungs and pointing to get their attention. We were all ready to dive out of the bleachers and into the pool when the lifeguard pulled him up. He had come with his babysitter, who brings him with her son. Thankfully, he seemed to be okay and not even scared of the water after being rescued. However, when I later called his babysitter, she did say he kept trying to go to sleep afterwards, in the car, and spitting up a little bit, possible warning signs of dry drowning.
Meanwhile, the lifeguards and us moms in the bleachers were pretty messed up for the rest of day. Our hearts were racing and our eyes were glued to our children. Because this same kind of incident happened when I was a child in swimming lessons, with no one assisting a little boy in my class who fell in until I reached down and pulled him up, I have been ULTRA
Because a lot of moms read this blog I wanted to share this to encourage you to keep an eye on your kiddoes in the water, even if they are with trained professionals whom you trust. Don't let your kids drown while they are learning how not to drown.
In addition, work with your kids on how to scream for help if they see a friend fall in. There was a lot of screaming at my house yesterday as I encouraged my kids to practice yelling for a lifeguard.
Also, the little boy who fell in was at risk for dry drowning, which is a rare thing, but nevertheless, every mom who bathes her kids, lets them swim in the kiddie pool, or takes them to swimming lessons should at least know what it is and what the symptoms are. Drowning doesn't have to occur only in water. It can happen within 24 hours of a water-swalllowing episode while a child is napping. So, become educated, and be vigilant.
Safe Swimming to all of you!!!