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  • Korina Sanchez's 'Poor But Brave' Son Gets Into A Pool Accident: Here Are 13 Safety Tips

    The journalist and mom of twins has a surefire way to make her kids feel better.
    by Jocelyn Valle .
Korina Sanchez's 'Poor But Brave' Son Gets Into A Pool Accident: Here Are 13 Safety Tips
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    Korina Sanchez recently took to Instagram to share what happened to one of her twin kids while out swimming.

    "My poor but brave boy Pepe," the journalist and TV anchor wrote in the caption of her post that shows a photo of her 3-year-old son with bruised face. "Mukhang knockout sa kalaban eh? Hindi naman suntukan."

    Korina went on explaining, "He bumped his face on the steps of the pool kasi feeling swimmer na talaga sya." Then added what she did next to comfort the hurting child: "Nothing spaghetti and fried chicken cant make him forget."

    She ended her post with the hashtag #TeamPepe. Her other usual hashtag, #PepeEnPilar, is used when Pepe's twin sister Pilar is also part of the post. Another hashtag is her description for both kids: #PambansangPampaGoodVibes. The twins apparently love to swim based on this video post by their mom:


    Safety tips when kids go swimming

    Children can get too excited that they won't hesitate to run to or even jump right into the pool. But that's just one of the many things we should watch out for. Here are more reminders when going to swim trips:

    1. Always check for a lifeguard on duty.
    2. Warm up and do simple stretching to avoid muscle cramps while swimming.
    3. If a parent needs to be away from the water even for just a few minutes, he or she should assign “swim buddies” for the kids. This way, kids will have someone to holler for help at the first sign of danger. Don’t let kids chew gum or eat while swimming.
    4. Anything put inside the mouth might obstruct the airway.
    5. Night swimming is not advisable for very young kids.
    6. Take your kids for frequent bathroom breaks while swimming and teach them to never swallow the water.
    7. Always have age-appropriate floatation devices for each of your kids.
    8. Don’t let children swim or dive without ensuring that the depth is safe enough for your child.
    9. Do not solely rely on an inflatable toy as a lifesaver (read here on what else to use).
    10. To prevent ear infections, dry the infant’s or child’s ears carefully after he or she has stayed in the water for more than 30 minutes.
    11. If an infant is shivering or her lips are turning blue, remove the baby immediately from the water, pat her dry, and keep her wrapped in a towel to avoid hypothermia.
    12. After swimming, wash your children with mild soap and shampoo to remove pool chemicals or potentially harmful microorganisms from the ocean.
    13. Give your child an extra layer of defense against drowning and water accidents by enrolling him or her in swimming lessons. Younger kids can also be taught survival swimming, which is especially important for families who have pools at home.
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