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Swimming Lessons: When Should Your Children Start?
- Exposure to water sources for swimming
- Emotional development
- Physical abilities
- Health conditions
Danger in the Backyard
- Enclose pool with a non-climbable fence that is at least 4 feet high.
- Attach self-closing, self-latching gates to fences, and make sure the gates open outward. Toddlers try to open things by pushing on them.
- Place locks on windows and doors leading to a pool or hot tub area.
- Seal off doggy doors leading to a pool area.
- Use a rigid pool cover.
- Equip the pool with a shepherd's hook and lifesaving rings.
- Keep a telephone near the pool.
- Get training in CPR and infant CPR.
- Do not use swim aids, like inflatable arm bands, as they can deflate.
- If you are taking your children to a beach or lake to swim, be sure that there is a lifeguard on duty.
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org
Canadian Red Cross http://www.redcross.ca
Children’s Safety Association of Canada http://www.safekid.org
AAP gives updated advice on drowning prevention. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.aap.org/pressroom/aappr-may2410mailing.htm. Published May 24, 2010. Accessed January 13, 2014.
American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics. 2010 Jul;126(1):178-85.
Brenner RA, Taneja GS, Haynie DL, et al. Association between swimming lessons and drowning in childhood: a case-control study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(3):203-210.
Near-drowning. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 8, 2013. Accessed January 13, 2014.
Swim safety. American Red Cross Association website. Available at: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/swim-safety. Accessed January 13, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 01/13/2014