#WaterSafety starts with YOU

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Summer is ending and your kiddos are headed back to school soon. While it’s still warm, your little ones are probably itching to cram in some extra summer activities, right?

Well... there's something you need to know first. 👇

We’ve talked to you about sun/hot-weather safety, and the importance of staying cool and hydrated. We’ve even chatted about stranger-danger and how to keep safe when cooking outdoors. Now we want to have a serious conversation about one of the most important and overlooked topics for parents: childhood water safety.

CDC research found that about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger and, for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. We hate those numbers...

If you live in Madison like we do, then you know that we are surrounded by water and a community that plans activities around it. Whether it’s swimming at the Goodman Pool, having a Babcock ice cream cone at the union, firing up the fishing boat in Lake Mendota, or just a backyard freedom run through the sprinklers, water is everywhere. Even if you don’t live in or around Madison, we, your friendly neighborhood doctors, want you and your kids to have the best tools to prevent drowning.

Our friends over at, Madison based, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) compiled thirteen parent resources and safety tips that we want to share with you.

1. “Constant, effective, adult supervision is the most critical defense against drowning. No level of aquatic skill can replace active supervision. If your child is ever missing, look in the water first.”

2. “Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or pool - not even for a second.”

3. “Do not leave the pool to answer the phone - this is the foremost distraction and is commonly stated as why the baby was left unattended - for just a second. Unfortunately, that is enough time for disaster. Bring a cell phone to the pool, install a phone jack by the pool or ignore the call. Your child is more important.”