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Swim Safety for Pools & Beaches

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Keep your children safe around swimming pools and other bodies of water.
Air Date: 5/25/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Deborah Mulligan, MD
deborah Mulligan Dr. Deborah Mulligan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, Medical Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles and completed pediatric emergency medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

As Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University, she reports directly to the Chancellor. The Institute is a resource for communities, policy makers, public and private agencies, professional organizations, foundations, and academic institutions.

To be an optimal reserve, the ICHP at NSU conducts professional training and education, demonstration projects, engages in translational community-based participatory quantitative and qualitative research, developing evidence-based public policy, participating in and serving as a venue to nurture community-based advocacy and research.www.nova.edu/ichp.

The work emanating from ICHP has been recognized through coveted federal agency awards such as the SAMHSA Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Gold award. Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, past experience as physician executive includes role of Pediatric Services Medical Director for nation's fourth largest safety net hospital system serving a county of 1.6 million residents.
Swim Safety for Pools & Beaches
The main reasons for drowning deaths are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers, lack of supervision, location of where swimming, failure to wear life jackets on boats, and alcohol consumption.

If your child plans to swim, plan to be a participant. Nominate another adult as a supervisor. Make sure the kids know who is the "water watcher" and give that adult some kind of garment or badge to make it easy for the kids to identify who is on duty.

Enroll your children in water safety classes. Install a pool alarm, locks and covers on your own pool. Learn basic CPR. Keep a mobile phone near the pool to call emergency services. Put up a fence around the pool. If a child goes missing, always check the swimming pool first.

The lifeguard can't watch everyone at the beach. Be sure you or your adult friend remains near the children when they are in the water. Learn the colors of the flags to avoid dangers. Teach kids about swimming parallel to the beach to survive rip currents. Make sure your children get your permission before diving.

Dr. Deborah Mulligan joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to keep your child safe around swimming pools and bodies of water.
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