Swimming Lessons: When Should Your Children Start?
Danger in the Backyard
- Enclose pool with a non-climbable fence (4-5 feet high).
- Attach self-closing, self-latching gates to fences, and make sure 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 pool with shepherd's hook and lifesaving rings.
- Keep a telephone near the pool.
- Get training in CPR and infant CPR.
- Supervise your children at all time when they are around water. Bathtubs, wading pools, and even buckets can pose safety risks for young children.
- Always remain within arm's reach of a child who is swimming.
- 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.aap.org/
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/index.html
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 December 13, 2011.
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.
DynaMed Editors. Near-drowning. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated August 27, 2010. Accessed December 13, 2011.
American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics. 2010 Jul;126(1):178-85.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2011 -
- Update Date: 12/13/2011 -
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