Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Young children can drown in buckets, bathtubs, pools, bodies of water, hot tubs, spas and toilets. Water holding containers like buckets and kiddie pools should be emptied and stored away out of the reach of children after use.
Nannies should never leave children unattended around water and should give the children 100% of their attention when in and around water. They should also be aware that drowning does not always look like it does in the movies, where the victim is flailing and screaming for help. Someone can be quiet and vertical in the water, yet still drowning.
If a nanny is with a child near a body of water and the child goes missing, she should check the water first. If a child is in distress and in the water, the nanny should reach for the child while lying on her stomach, reach for the child with a long item, or throw something to the child that she can grab onto, rather than go into the water. Doing so can avoid the nanny being pulled into the water herself.
If you encounter a drowning victim, the American Red Cross recommends that you check the scene for safety and check the victim for consciousness and breathing. If the victim is unresponsive, call 911 and provide CPR if the child is not breathing.
By completing an American Red Cross Water Safety Course in conjunction with CPR and First Aid training, nannies can gain the skills and confidence they will need to handle a water related emergency.