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 Prescription Program 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.
Parents are provided a Water Smart Resource Guide, which include essential tips on water safety. The parents are also provided a prescription to encourage parents to enroll their child in swim lessons and a prescription for the parents (and other adults that are likely to supervise the child) to get trained in CPR with rescue breaths.
For more information on the Water Smart Prescription Program, please contact Florida Department of Health in Broward County, 954.467.4700 or Cassie.McGovern@flhealth.gov.
If you are a healthcare provider that currently participates in the Water Smart Prescription Program, please take the brief survey to evaluate the program.
If you are a parent who received the Water Smart Prescription Guidebook and Water Smart prescriptions, please take the brief survey.