The official parents newsletter of Swim Australia Issue 9 Summer 2006 Lessons helped save my daughter's Recently I took my 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter to a group picnic on the foreshores of Lake Burley-Griffin in Canberra. There were a number of families in attendance, and life after lunch a casual cricket match started. My daughter was with two other 4 year old girls OVER ONE HUNDRED at the edge of the playing area. I was chatting when the two little girls who had been playing CHILDREN DROWN with my daughter came and stood politely beside me then reported that my daughter had fallen in the water. IN AUSTRALIA I instinctively looked towards the shallows closest EVERY YEAR. to where the girls had been but saw nothing and asked where she was - they turned and pointed Help prevent your child to the pier, where the water is deep, reedy and from becoming another murky. I sprinted to the pier with the cricketers in hot pursuit, and found my little girl in the water a statistic by equipping metre below land-level, crying out and clinging them with the latest to one of the pier stanchions. A Navy father swimming and water jumped into the water and brought her to safety. survival skills. swimaustralia.org.au It turned out that, unobserved by any of the adults in attendance, the little girls had walked to the pier, and my daughter overbalanced and fell in. Happily, she had the presence of mind to swim to the pier and hold on and call for help. Luckily, she did not hit her head on the way into the water. Both of my children have been attending swimming lesson for some three years - the lessons helped save my daughter's life. Name withheld by request. Editor’s note: While this true story highlights the value of swimming lessons, it also demonstrates the importance of supervision – and how difficult it is to maintain it constantly. I am working with Swim Australia in an endeavour to raise awareness and educate the community about childhood drowning. I am compiling real life stories of families who have experienced the death or injury of their child through (near) drowning. If you know of anyone who has experienced this tragedy, who may like to share their story in the hope of helping others, please contact Siria Thomas via email email@example.com or mobile 0403 788983 Pregnancy, Babies & Childrens EXPO 2007 Adelaide 16th to 18th March Calendar Royal Adelaide Showground Sydney 11th to 13th May Sydney Showground Juvenile Arthritis Swim for Life Olympic Park Brisbane 6th to 8th July Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Bayly was 13 months old when he stopped cruising and crawling. South Bank Then, his left foot swelled up right before our eyes at his weekly swimming lesson (he's been swimming since 6 months of Perth age). After numerous tests and a lengthy hospital stay, he was 17th to 19th August diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) - a condition Claremont Showground thought to affect as many as 1 child per 250. Claremont JIA is incurable, and in some forms can be fatal. It is also mighty Melbourne hard to detect as there is no one specific test for it, and in fact 19th to 21st October requires a 'process of elimination'. JIA is treated by an aggressive Melbourne Exhibition Centre drug regime, and managed by a Health Team that includes Southbank Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. Learn-to-Swim The old adage of "move it or lose it" applies. And the best form of exercise is water-based. 3 year-old Bayly has hydrotherapy twice a week at the hospital, and also continues his weekly swimming with your lessons. The water supports the child's weight while providing resistance to help build muscle tone, which can be lacking in Ice Age friends children with JIA. Bone strength is also affected, through the Arthritis or the drugs used to treat it (e.g. steroids can leech the this Summer! calcium). The warmth and support of the water provides the ideal environment to work the child well, but not exhaust them. Chronic I trust you gain a lot from Swimming MATTERS. fatigue is also common in JIA. This issue has been made possible largely due Most importantly, swimming is fun, so doesn't really feel like to a fine donation from the people at Twentieth exercise to the child. Century Fox Home Entertainment. We run the JIA support group online, and work very closely Their commitment to assisting children gain an with the Arthritis Foundation of NSW, to provide support for enjoyable learn-to-swim experience goes even families and raise awareness of a surprisingly common childhood further. They have given 300 swim schools condition (more common than Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, and around the country Ice Age 2 materials to Juvenile Diabetes). enhance the stimulation of the learners. Our message is simple: KIDS GET ARTHRITIS TOO! Ice Age 2: The Meltdown available to own on DVD Nov 22nd, apart from being great family Some signs and symptoms of JIA include: entertainment, has a significant segment that • swelling, warmth, redness and/or tenderness in and around reinforces to children the value of learning to joints. swim. • stiffness, which is particularly evident on waking in the Have a great summer and enjoy your mornings and after periods of inactivity. swimming. • limitations in the range of movement of joints. • limping, due to sore or stiff knees, ankles or hips. weak muscles. Ross Gage, Editor & CEO, Swim Australia • changes in the shape or growth of bones. • damage to joints (caused by the erosion of bone and cartilage). Other problems can include irritability, fatigue and poor concentration, poor appetite or difficulty getting a good night's sleep, rash, fever and visual problems. PLEASE NOTE: It is an unpredictable disease and the child's abilities can be affected in different ways from day to day. That's why understanding is the best thing you can give the child!! For more info, contact any Arthritis Foundation on 1800 011 041. Our support group is online at http://www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org.au Many thanks, Bayly's mum, Jo Turner Children learn Hot water more than just burns swimming lessons MATHS - Ordinal number - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc; Shapes like fire Did you know that around 1,200 Australian children under - circles, squares eg sit on a red square; Measurement of long five years of age come to hospital emergency each year for and short distance, depth; More and less numbers. the treatment of scalds? That's more than three children a day. COLOUR - Pick up the red ring etc… Scalds are caused by hot liquid, hot vapour or steam burns, and they can be just as bad as a fire burn. To dramatically lessen the SAFETY - Of themselves and of others. chance of your child being burnt here’s a range of home safety LANGUAGE – Vocabulary; Speech; and language structure. tips from Queensland Health. Intonation. HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Appetite; and Keeping safe in the Kitchen Learning the body parts - tummy, legs, little finger etc.; • Keep children out of the kitchen when cooking Fitness and endurance; Children sleep better; More flexibility • Keep hot drinks out of reach of children - prevents injuries in other sports, play games; Strength, power, • Use cordless kettles or keep cords out of reach coordination. • Turn saucepan handles away from the stove front and rely ANIMALS (painted on walls and floors, posters etc); Stand on, primarily on the rear hot plates. sit on, look at. Hot water tap safety ORGANISATION – Circuits; Stand in line and taking turns. SOCIAL SKILLS - Waiting for a turn; Cooperation; • Always test water temperature before bathing a child Consideration; Playing, making friends, having fun; • Always run the cold water first and turn it off last Communication, manners, learning when to listen and talk; • Turn taps off tightly When to be attentive; Following instructions; Learn to read body • Control the temperature of your bathroom hot tap water to a language; Immersed in greater world, cultures, languages, maximum of 50°C, using either a hot water shutdown valve or meanings etc... tempering valve. By Susan Earle, Occupational Therapist Great Finish Get ready to go If you love to swim but don’t like the smell or feel of chlorine on your skin, hair and swimming costumes, BaySwim products are a great new way to gently remove chlorine odour and residue. nuts as the #1 animated film of the year ICE AGE 2 THE MELTDOWN scurries its way to DVD (November 22), from Twentieth Century Fox Home The BaySwim range is used and Entertainment. recommended by parents, coaches and elite swimmers including Libby Lenton. It is also This thawsome new release brings back your favorite sub-zero Australian owned and made and endorsed heroes in their latest adventure along with a flood of special by Swim Australia. features that are sure to provide hours of chilled-out enjoyment The skin and hair products are great for for the entire family. Leading off this mammoth-sized DVD is anyone who uses chlorinated pools or spas Scrat's all-new animated short "No and include a fragrance free SwimSoap, a Time for Nuts." Starring as himself, SwimRinse for hair and a soap free SwimWash. Scrat embarks on a hilarious journey There is also a TogWash which removes the chlorine residue from those expensive swimming through time stopping off at notable costumes, helping to preserve the quality of your landmarks and important moments in costumes for longer. world history while in search of what The BaySwim range is great for swimmers of all else but...the infamous acorn! ages and will be available for sale through swim The usual Scrat antics ensue however centres this summer. the question remains - will he or will he For further information or to find your nearest not finally land his prize". stockist visit www.bayswim.com.au or call 1300 786 189. Kids Alive on the Road David Bree on Kids alive van. Drowning still remains the biggest killer of preschool children by accidental death in Australia. up with a love of the environment we want them not only to have a love of water but be conscious of the dangers that exist in and LATEST FIGURES SHOW 37 CHILDREN UNDER FIVE around water.” DROWNED IN AUSTRALIA LAST YEAR ... NINE IN THE BATH Parental supervision and teaching children to swim as babies is The Kids Alive show is on the road again, to positively influence a great insurance but even the most loving parents cannot watch and educate young children on water safety. their children 24-7, that’s why the water safety message is about five layers of protection. Led by a young wandering Irishman David Bree and with the help of local and Federal Government funding a group of dedicated To check on the show's where abouts visit the kids alive website young people Lifesaver Lil, Nipper Nelly, Alien Boo and costume kidsalive.com.au - have a safe summer! character Wise Owl are travelling entertaining and educating Laurie Lawrence thousands of young children all over Australia on the importance of water safety. Being a former teacher, I believe that by introducing children to the water safety message early it makes them more knowledgeable and water safe. “I love this show not only is it great fun for me and the kids but it is helping save young children’s lives and that is more important.” Sarah McQueen who plays Lifesaver Lil says she wants children to have a great theatrical experience and leave the show able to recite the Kids Alive message. Joshua Mitchell who plays by Wise Owl says “the show is a hoot and the music written by Dave Avery who wrote George Thoroughgood’s hit song “Get your Haircut and get a Real Job” is rhythmical, fun, and really encourages the youngsters to get up and dance with the characters. “Our long term goal is zero preschool drowning. It’s a tall order but that’s the vision. Just as young people of today are growing Editor's Note: Swimming lessons are not a substitute for proper barriers and supervision.