It happens even when you’re right there, within arms reach of your child. One minute, they’re bobbing on a noodle or splashing on the steps. The next minute, they’re under water. You only took your eyes off them for one second, but it was during that second that your child disappeared.
You lunge for them and pluck them up quickly – before any harm is done. They are physically fine, but then what? How you react has an enormous impact on how they recover and move on from the incident. Some children will barely even register that something scary has happened, while others will be shaken and initially terrified and confused.