Water Smart Program for Physicians
Pediatricians are respected and well-positioned to educate families to promote healthy lifestyles and environments to ensure children grow healthy in a safer environment.
Pediatricians earn the respect and trust of the parents/caregivers of their patients. Parents view pediatricians as a partner in the care and well-being of their children. Prevention is a core component of healthcare: proper nutrition, exercise, and immunizations.
However, the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4 is drowning. Most often a child drowning fatality is attributed to behavior of the parent: a brief lapse in supervision, a lack of barriers to prevent access to water, and not knowing the hazards that place a child a risk to drown.
The Water Smart Program for Physicians is an opportunity for pediatricians and other healthcare professionals to discuss water safety with parents at a well visit when the child is around 12 months of age.