Dad's message after toddler climbs pool ladder: 'Watch your kids'

Keith Wyman purchased a protective covering for the ladder on his family's new above-ground pool. It was intended to keep his toddler from danger.

Instead, the 2-year-old was able to climb the cover by pulling himself up on the slats.

"Two seconds. He was that fast," Wyman told NBC Boston.

The Massachusetts father filmed his diaper-clad son, Cody, climb up the ladder gate again. Just as the boy reaches the top of the platform, his mother intervenes and pulls him off — much to the dismay of the determined toddler.

"So I bought this ladder with the pool. And (I'm) watching my son, with it locked and shut, pull himself up this ladder," he says in the clip. Who's big idea was it to have this door put on the ladder with slots like that, with a 2-year-old that can pull himself up and climb this thing?"

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"Persistent coughing or coughing associated with increased work of breathing" should be brought to the attention of a medical personnel -- if not immediately -- said

Shallow breathing and trouble breathing

The child will be gasping or coughing for air. He or she may feel like they can't catch their breath

Nausea and/or vomiting 

Vomiting can sometimes be triggered by persistent coughing. It's also a "sign of stress from the body as a result of the inflammation and sometimes a lack of oxygen," said pediatrician Kathleen Berchelmann to

Confusion and exhaustion 

An enhanced state of confusion or exhaustion may be a result of the brain's lack of oxygen. 

Don't just put your child down for a nap -- be wary of these symptoms. 

Chest pain

Chest pain could be associated with extreme coughing or vomiting. 


Wyman then posted the recording online to serve as a warning to other parents.

The video has more 20 million views and 616,000 shares since the Massachusetts dad posted the video to his Facebook account.

Wyman said he went back to the store where he purchased the ladder and gate, but noticed all the other options were similarly designed.

The family now plans to install a fence around the pool to better protect it, but hope their video raises awareness.

"It was an eye-opener," Wyman, said. "It was a life lesson and we want to get this out there, to tell everybody that it is pool season. It's pool season. Watch your kids."

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Going to the beach is a fun summer activity, but it can also be dangerous! Click through the slideshow to learn how you and your family can stay safe and have fun at the beach this summer.
Know your swimming abilities, and don't push yourself to swim farther out than you are comfortable with.
Lifeguards are usually on duty from 9 am until 6 pm, so make sure to only swim between those hours.

Be careful of the sea life around you. Most fish are harmless, but steer clear of jellyfish and other aquatic life that can be more unpredictable.

To learn how to treat a jellyfish sting, click here.

Always swim with a buddy, so that if anything happens while you are swimming, there is another person to help you or get a lifeguard if necessary.
Pay attention to areas that have a strong current. There will be signs marking these areas, so consciously look for them before going for a swim.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the beach, while conserving as much energy as possible.
Enjoy an alcoholic beverage AFTER you go for a swim. Swimming intoxicated is much more dangerous, as you are less aware of your surroundings and unable to respond quickly to dangerous situations.
Holes in the sand are not uncommon, so you want to be careful when running or playing games on the beach. An accidental slip into a hole can result in a twisted ankle or worse.
It's easy to get dehydrated when you're out in the sun for long periods of time, so be sure to bring water with you and hydrate throughout the day.
Getting a tan is nice, but be sure to apply sunscreen regularly at the beach to avoid bad sunburns and possible skin cancer.

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