Anaphylactic Shock- Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Anaphylactic Shock: Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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Anaphylactic Shock- Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare – suddenly his or her child’s throat begins to swell and the child can’t breath.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life threatening allergic reaction. For some, it can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen, and it can vary in its severity. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “the most common triggers for anaphylaxis … are medicines, food and insect stings.”

Understanding Anaphylaxis

Not all of those who have allergies will experience anaphylactic shock. This severe reaction happens when an over-release of chemicals puts the person into shock. It is treated with an injection of epinephrine, which is available by prescription to those who have experienced anaphylaxis before.

Anaphylactic shock is particularly concerning for those who care for children because a child may not yet know he is allergic to something, and therefore, he would not be carrying an auto-injector of epinephrine, also known as an Epi-Pen.

Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

When an individual is experiencing anaphylactic shock, it is essential to act immediately. In order to do so, one must be able to identify the symptoms of anaphylaxis:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hives or swelling
  • Tightness of the throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Feeling of doom
  • Cardiac arrest

However, children may not be able to articulate those symptoms as clearly as adults. Children are more likely to say thing such as my tongue feels heavy, my mouth itches, there’s something stuck in my throat, or my chest hurts.

Treating Anaphylaxis

In our first aid classes, we teach students how to identify anaphylactic shock, administer a dose of epinephrine if it is available, and call for help. If a person is experiencing an allergic reaction, it is essential to get medical assistance immediately. Even if the person’s symptoms subside after receiving epinephrine, they must be seen by a doctor, as a secondary reaction can occur hours later.

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills. From child swim lessons to first aid classes, we provide training all year long. We know how important it is for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency. To enroll in any of our Health & Safety Courses, visit us online.

Private Swim Lessons VS Group Swim Lessons

Private Lessons VS Group Lessons: Choosing the Right Swim Lessons for Your Child

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Private Swim Lessons VS Group Swim Lessons

Simply put, people learn in different ways. Some do better with individualized attention, while others are driven by a bit of competition. Sometimes, people need one-on-one time to get started with a new skill, and then thrive in a group environment in the future. The team at Premier Aquatic Center understands that individuals have varying needs.

Many parents of young swimmers inquire about whether their child should have private or group swim lessons. Just like your child, the answer is unique and our recommendation depends on your child’s specific circumstances. However, by considering your child’s goals, you may be better equipped for deciding between group or private swim lessons.

Establishing Trust and Comfort – For children who are apprehensive about the water, one-on-one time with a highly trained swim instructor may be the best option for developing trust – both of the teacher and of the process. As the child’s comfort level increases, it may become more helpful to be among other children who are also learning similar skills.

Improving Confidence – Depending on the child’s past experiences and current skills, confidence may first need to be established in private lessons, where the child is learning the basics. However, that confidence can grow by leaps and bounds when the child joins group swim lessons and starts to benefit from a team environment.

Building Skills – Children are like little sponges when it comes to knowledge, and for those who are building upon their skills, it can be very beneficial to be among other students. Little swimmers are incredibly adept at watching how other children are moving in the water, and group lessons allow them the opportunity to mimic the motion.

Overcoming Challenges – For nearly all swim students, a time will come when they find a particular skill challenging. Students who are enrolled in group swim lessons can sign up for supplemental private swim lessons to help them work on the skill in a one-on-one setting.

Learning Advanced Skills – After participating in our summer swim teams, some of our swimmers seek out a more competitive swim team program. For these swimmers, private lessons offer the opportunity to work on techniques unique to their strengths and weaknesses.

Talk With The Experts About Your Child’s Swim Lessons

Regardless of whether its group or private swim lessons, Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages develop a love of the water. To learn more about our swim lesson programs and to register your child for summer and fall classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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Do Babysitters Need to Know CPR

Should My Babysitter Know CPR?

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Do Babysitters Need to Know CPR

Many people call themselves babysitters, but what does that really mean? Babysitters, nannies, childcare specialists – there are many titles that describe the role of an individual who cares for your child when you are away. However, there is no standardization for the skills required to be classified by any of those titles.

Regardless of whether it’s the high school student from down the road or a live-in au pair, the individual who is tasked with caring for your child should have certain skills to keep your child safe, such as CPR and first aid training.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course

For babysitters between the ages of 11 and 15, the American Red Cross has developed a class to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to children and infants. The primary goals of the training is to help participants develop leadership skills and learn about developing a babysitting business. The training includes instruction on keeping themselves and others safe, helping children behave, and the basics of childcare and first aid. Sign up for an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course online.

CPR for Babysitters

For babysitters who spend extended periods of time with children, it is important to learn more comprehensive skills, including CPR and more in-depth first aid. Performing CPR on children and infants is different than on adults, and babysitters should understand how a child’s age and size plays into the method of CPR.

For babysitters who need more advanced skills, Premier offers the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The primary goals of this program are to teach skills that babysitters need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This program offers a choice of first aid, CPR, and AED courses to meet the various training needs of babysitters and other audiences. Sign up for an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program online.

Where to Take Babysitter Training Courses

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills. From swim lessons for children to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.

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Why Isn’t My Child Progressing In Swim Lessons

Why Isn’t My Child Progressing In Swim Lessons?

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Why Isn’t My Child Progressing In Swim Lessons

Every parent wants to see his or her child succeed, and it can be challenging to watch other kids progress through stages of swim programs while your child struggles with a particular skill. It’s essential to realize that every child learns at his or her own pace and picks up different skills at various rates. The only thing that’s important is that your child is learning each skill fully and can to put it into practice when needed.

Parents often ask the question, “Why isn’t my child progressing in swim lessons?” Of course, the answer isn’t a simple one because there are many potential reasons. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Trust in the Process

The Premier Team has developed a process that is proven to work for teaching children how to swim. We don’t believe in the sink-or-swim mentality of old; instead, we believe in progressively teaching children essential swim skills and nurturing a love of the water.

Especially as children hit two years old and older, they naturally develop uncertainty of new experiences. Therefore, our swim lesson process begins with establishing a bond between the student and the instructor. It is essential for parents to support this process by encouraging their children to trust the instructor and by trusting the instructor themselves. Parents who can’t resist the urge to step-in or interfere with the lesson are negatively impacting their child’s likelihood of progressing smoothly.

Developmental Stages

At each stage of development, children are generally capable of learning different skills. As any pediatrician will tell you, the ages in which children are “supposed” to hit those developmental stages are purely averages. Parents should not obsess about the age at which their child should be able to achieve something. Instead, parents should focus on their child’s overall progression of skills – physical, intellectual, and emotional.

Past Experiences

A child’s past experiences can play a major role on the speed at which he or she learns a new skill. From children who developed a fear of the water due to an earlier traumatic experience to those who have a distrust of strangers, overcoming fears and insecurities can often take priority over learning the actual skill at hand. Children with more of these challenges to overcome may progress a little slower, but with gentle and steady guidance, they will be swimming with the other kids in no time.

Outside Practice

As with everything in life, practice makes perfect. If your child seems to be falling behind in swim lessons and you’re wondering what you can do to help, get in the water with them during the days they don’t have swim lessons. Talk with your child’s swim instructor about games you can play together that will reinforce the skills they are learning in class. And remember – have fun with your kids when you’re in the water together in order to continue nurturing their love of the water.

Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages learn the skills necessary for a lifetime of swimming enjoyment. Our certified swim instructors are experienced with teaching all levels, and they are able to help parents differentiate between a child’s normal progression and signs of developmental issues that should be watched.

To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register family for winter and spring classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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Baby Swim Lessons: At What Age Can Babies Start Swimming?

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We have all seen the clips of newborn babies happily swimming under water.   For many of us, it makes us wonder when is the right time for a baby to begin learning to swim.

What Are The Benefits of Early Childhood Swim Lessons?

In a study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, researchers concluded that children who participated in swim lessons demonstrated more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children. The most significant findings were in the areas of: Understanding Direction, Story Recall, Oral Expression, Mathematics Reasoning, and Brief Reading. To read more about the intellectual benefits of early childhood swim lessons, read our post: Can Swim Lessons Make Your Child Smarter?

Additionally, children who enroll in childhood swim lessons are more apt to have a higher level of socialization, self-confidence, and physical coordination.

When Is My Baby Ready?

The truth is that babies spend their first nine months under water, growing and developing inside their mothers’ wombs. It isn’t until they are born that they take their first breath and begin to explore a world outside of the water. Keeping that in mind, babies are naturally comfortable in the water when they are very young. Over time, they become accustomed to their new surroundings, and they progressively become more cautious about the water.

Each baby is unique, so when considering swim lessons for your baby, it’s important to move at the right pace for your child.

Consult Your Pediatrician – Other than you as parents, your child’s pediatrician may know your baby better than anyone else so far in your child’s young life. Your pediatrician understands any medical restrictions your child may have and his or her development track. Talk with your doctor about whether your child is ready to start childhood swim lessons. As soon as he or she feels it is okay, it is time to test the waters.

Test the Waters – At Premier Aquatic Services, we offer a free introductory class for Parent & Me swim programs for babies as young as 0-6 months old. With the expert guidance of a certified swim instructor, parents begin to introduce their babies to the water in a gentle way. Our instructors are trained to guide parents, so their babies have a positive and safe experience.

Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages develop a love of the water. Our instructors are experienced with teaching all levels, whether it be helping beginners to be more comfortable in the water or training more experienced competitors on how to improve their stroke technique. To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register family for winter and spring classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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More Than Watching the Water: Understanding the Role of Your Lifeguards

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With our beautiful year-round weather and water-centric lifestyles, lifeguards are an essential part of our Southern California lifestyle. We see them on our beaches and sitting poolside, but many of us have little knowledge about what lifeguards actually do to keep us safe.

Often times, local pools utilize pool monitors as opposed to lifeguards to help keep the facility safe. While pool monitors can play an important role in watching for broken glass or other hazards, they often have minimal or no first aid training, and they are not required to respond in an emergency. They are not there to touch the water.

In order to give you a better understanding about the job of your local lifeguard and to help differentiate between lifeguards and pool monitors, we’ve developed some descriptions of different duties your lifeguard handles every day.

More than Watching the Water

When we think about lifeguards, we likely think about them simply watching the water, but lifeguards do so much more. While it may appear that they are watching the water, they a monitoring conditions, analyzing each swimmer’s capability, and ensuring the safety of everyone near the water. Their goal is to prevent injury and protect each swimmer.

Water Rescues

Whether its at the beach or the pool, drowning is a risk whenever you are near water. Even the most talented swimmers can have a medical emergency in the water, requiring rescue. With children who may have varying skill levels, potential hazards, and ever-changing conditions, a lifeguard’s ability to provide a water rescue vital to everyone’s safety.

First Aid Administration

From cuts and burns to drowning and heart attacks, lifeguards are often the first responder in a poolside or beach emergency. Therefore, a lifeguard must have the skills to provide lifesaving first aid and CPR. Many lifeguards have substantial EMS training.

Creating a Safe Facility

Hazards can happen anywhere, including poolside. An important part of a lifeguard’s job is to make sure the facility is safe. This helps to prevent injuries and keep pool goers safe throughout the day.

Continual Skill Building

Although we imagine lifeguards working by the water all day, much of their time is spent in a classroom setting, learning new skills and honing the ones they already have. They continue to develop their skillsets both in the water and in the classroom, so they are prepared to handle any situation.

Premier Aquatic Lifeguards

At Premier Aquatic Services, your family’s safety is our top priority. All of our lifeguards go through substantial training to ensure they are keeping you safe and able to address any circumstances that may arise.

Additionally, the Premier Aquatic staff and lifeguards offer CPR and first aid classes, so our clients are able to learn new skills and protect those around them. Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR classes today!

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Premier Aquatic Services Receives Updated Red Cross Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines

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The American Red Cross is one of the leading organizations for providing best practices for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) and first aid administration. The staff at Premier Aquatic Services uses these guidelines as the basis for our health and safety trainings.

Every five years, the Red Cross reevaluates their guidelines for administering first aid. They join with an array of national and international health organizations to review 22 separate first aid questions and analyze the science behind each one. Together, they reach a consensus about the best ways to treat emergency events. These recommendations are then recognized as the basis for most first aid training around the world.

This year, they have jointly announced their updated curriculum with the American Heart Association. An in-depth look at these updates will be arriving at Premier Aquatic Services on January 31, 2016.

Among the most noteworthy updates to the recommendations are:

  • Treatment of bleeding
  • Recognition of a stroke
  • Recovery position
  • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
  • Treatment of hypoglycemia in diabetics.

At Premier Aquatic Services, we understand our essential role in the safety of all of our clients. Each of our swim instructors and lifeguards undergo continual training to ensure their skills are sharp and in line with the latest scientific research. Our clients put their trust in us, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. Therefore, beginning January 31, 2016, our instructors and lifeguards will undergo significant trainings based upon these on the new guidelines.

Where To Learn First Aid and CPR?

With the release of the latest changes to the American Red Cross ECC and First Aid Guidelines, Premier Aquatic Services will be updating the curriculum we cover in our first aid programs. At Premier, we believe in preparing all of our clients with the best lifesaving skills possible. From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.

We know how important it is for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency. While younger children should be taught how to call for help, older children can enroll in CPR classes alongside their parents. Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR and First Aid classes today!

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Be Prepared: Teach Your Family What To Do In An Earthquake

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In California, earthquakes are a part of life. With no early warning systems available, it can feel as though earthquakes are impossible to plan for. However, by knowing what to do and being prepared with an earthquake kit, your family can reduce the risk of injury and face less uncertainty when faced with an emergency.

During the Earthquake: How to Stay Safe

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are inside when the shaking starts, you should stay inside. If you are outside when it starts, you should remain outside because doorways and being near exterior walls can be the most dangerous places to be.

If you are inside, take these three steps:

  1. Drop! Drop down to your hands and knees to avoid falling and maintain control of your movements.
  2. Cover! Either seek cover under a stable table or desk, or use your arms to cover your head and neck from any falling debris. If you aren’t near a sturdy table, lay close to an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you. Try to stay far from bookcases, hanging objects, or other areas that may be prone to falling objects. It’s important to note that it’s no longer suggested to stand in a doorway because doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house in modern structures.
  3. Hold On! Whether you’re holding onto your cover or simply holding onto your head and neck, stay under cover until the shaking stops.

If you are outside, take these steps:

  1. Check Your Surroundings: Look for an open space that is away from buildings, utility wires, sinkholes, and fuel or gas lines. The biggest risks to being outdoors in an earthquake are falling debris from the rooftop, trim, or exterior wall of a building and falling power lines.
  2. Move: Avoid the temptation to run inside because you would have to cross the most dangerous area of the home to do so. Instead, carefully move to an open space. Be aware of the shaking, and be prepared to move on your hands and knees to avoid falling.
  3. Cover: Use your arms and hands to cover your head and neck, and wait for the shaking to stop. Once it does, watch for potential hazards such as power lines, debris, and sink holes before moving.

If you are driving, pull over as quickly and safely as possible. Avoid being under over passes, on bridges, near utility poles, or below power lines. Then wait inside the vehicle for the shaking to stop. If a power line falls on you, stay inside the vehicle until a trained utility worker removes the wire.

Other Ways to Be Prepared

In addition to knowing what to do during an earthquake, you can make sure your family is prepared by building emergency kits, teaching household members how to use fire extinguishers and turn off utilities, and taking first aid and CPR classes.

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills. From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long. Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR classes today!

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Avoid Skill Deterioration: Keep Your Kids Ready for Summer

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Whether it’s math, swimming, or anything in between, skills that go unused for extended periods of time begin to deteriorate. Many children become competent swimmers during their summer-long swim lessons, only to find that their old fears have resurfaced by the time the winter chill melts away and June arrives. The solution is simple: keep your kids swimming year-round.

At Premier Aquatics, we believe that swimming does more than provide an active lifestyle for children; swimming skills provide children with live saving abilities that are essential for our Southern California lifestyle. Just because it may not be bathing suit weather doesn’t mean children are not sitting poolside or strolling in the sand.

In preparation for the hot summer months when Southern California children are sure to be exposed to the water, it’s important to keep their skill building on the right track. Winter swim lessons provide children with these benefits and so many more.

Skill Maintenance – Many of our young winter swimmers have skills that they developed in the warmer months and/or previous years. During winter swim lessons, we continue to hone those skills, ensuring the children will continue to progress in their development.

Continued Skill Building – In addition to honing current skills, winter swim lessons give children the opportunity to continue learning new skills and techniques, leaving them ahead of the curve for the summertime sessions. Depending on the child’s age and skill level, we build our programs around these five swimming skills every child should know:

  • Getting in and out of the pool safely
  • Putting his or her face into the water and controlling breathing
  • Floating on his or her back
  • Swimming with forward motion
  • Treading water

Physical Fitness As the holiday slump hits and the cooler weather keeps many families huddled around the television instead of being active outdoors, winter swim lessons get children off the sofa, away from their video game consoles, and exercising. Instilling the importance of year-round physical activity at an early age is an important step in preparing your child for a healthy future.

Academic and Developmental Benefits – It’s been studied: swim lessons can make your child smarter. Well, at least it can give them a head start. In recent studies, kids who have participated in childhood swim lessons experienced more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children.

Despite the cooler weather outside, it’s important to keep your children safe and capable around the water. Click here to learn more about the Premier Aquatic’s year-round swim lesson programs.


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Timing Is Everything: Understanding Childhood Developmental Stages

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Children grow fast and at their own pace.  Some kids always seem ready to tackle the next challenge, while others may prefer to perfect their skills before branching out.  Even though each child is unique, there are some general developmental stages that most young children experience at approximately the same time.  We use detailed research and years of experience when developing our childhood swim lesson plans, and as we meet each child, we tailor the activities and pace to their specific goals and abilities.

Babies from 6 to 12 Months

Generally speaking, young babies love to be in the water.  They are still close to the fluid environment of the womb, and they often have a sense of fearlessness.  Additionally, they are not yet claiming a sense of independence and will often be happy accompanying their parents wherever mom or dad wants to take them.  For most children in this age group, swim lessons mark the first educational experience outside the home, so it is important to choose lessons specifically tailored for babies to ensure a positive experience.

In the pool – Babies up to nine months tend to splash and wriggle in the water, showing the whole body undulation of a dolphin or the frog-like reflex to kick.  At some point between six and twelve months, the babies begin to lose that reflex and begin to experiment with the gliding between kicks.   Babies in this age range tend to be comfortable with small amounts of water dripping over their faces without being afraid.

Toddlers from 1 to 3 Years

As babies enter into the toddler years, they begin to develop a sense of independence and of fear. The immense amount of personal development that happens during these years makes it challenging to identify consistent temperament traits, but children at this period value fun, develop a sense of humor, begin to understand basic games, and need stimulation to keep them on track.  Therefore, it becomes increasingly important to appeal to this age group’s sense of play by incorporating games and utilizing toy manipulation to teach swim skills.

In the pool – In this age group, children develop sturdy legs, an evolved kick, and increased coordination.  Their earlier reflex to kick is now being replaced by a learned kick.  Their increasing awareness of others makes this an ideal time period to take group lessons, as this is the period when children are regularly mimicking others.

Children from 3 to 4 Years

As toddlers transition into young children, they embrace their unique personalities, become highly verbal, and cultivate their vivid imaginations.  They have developed personal likes and dislikes, and they generally have a range of experiences with water, which may prove to be helpful or a hindrance for learning to swim.

In the pool – At this age, children develop significantly more strength, coordination, and physical sturdiness.  Their increased ability to focus allows them to follow simple directions and link several skills together.  In these years, children love to show others what they can do, so peer learning through group lessons is ideal.  While individuals in this age group often have fear hurdles to overcome, they tend to demonstrate great competency once they do.

Talk With The Experts

Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages develop a love of the water. Our instructors are experienced with teaching all levels, whether it be helping beginners to be more comfortable in the water or training more experienced competitors on how to improve their stroke technique.

To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register your child for winter classes in our heated pool, visit our aquatic services page.

Is your baby under 6 months old?  To introduce your baby to the joy of the water, Premier Aquatics offers new parents an introductory free “Parent and Me” class.  Call our offices at 949-716-3333 to schedule your baby’s first swim lesson.

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