Consumer Voice: Give your kids swimming lessons, teach them water safety | Company

If you have summer vacation plans or are headed to the pool, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents, grandparents and caregivers to enroll children in swimming lessons to help to prevent drowning.

During the COVID-19 pandemic closures, many pools and recreation centers have canceled classes. The AAP said it was important to re-enroll children in lessons and make sure they know how to stay safe around the water.

“Drowning has long been one of the leading causes of death in children and sadly it remains the leading cause of death by injury in children ages 1 to 4 in our country,” said pediatrician Sarah Denny, lead author of AAP policy. drowning prevention statement.

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“It is really essential that we are proactive in preventing these drowning deaths. So when we released the policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we really focused on two different scenarios: the first is when children are meant to be near water, and that’s where we have layers of protection like swimming lessons, lifeguards, adult supervision, life jackets, that sort of thing.

“Then there’s the case that a child shouldn’t be in and around water, so if you have a pool at home and you’re cooking dinner, you don’t expect your kids to have access. in the water, so you can’t have your eyes directly on them. But there is still a risk of drowning, so what can we do to avoid drowning in this scenario? And that would be four-sided fences, door alarms, restricting access for the child to go into the water.”

In 2017, more than 1,000 children died of drowning in the United States, according to the AAP.

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“Swimming lessons are great, and have been shown in children over the age of one to reduce the risk of drowning, but it’s also important to remember that swimming lessons do not protect our children from drowning,” Denny said. “When in the pool, even if there is a lifeguard on duty, if you have a beginning swimmer you should always be within easy reach of that swimmer – very close parental supervision or supervision an adult.”

“It is helpful if you are perhaps at a lake or at a large gathering to have an assigned ‘water spotter’ and it is that person’s duty and job to watch, without distraction, children in the water,” she added. “That means you’re not on your phone, you’re not reading your book, and you can turn that person around once in a while.”

The AAP said it’s important your child knows at least the basics to stay safe this summer.

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“Swimming is a life skill. Even if you are not an exceptional swimmer, or if your child is not an exceptional swimmer, he does not have great strokes, he is not part of the swim team, it’s ok but kids should be able to have enough training and skills to get back to the surface of the water, if they should fall in it, then get to safety said Denny.

You can read more advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics at kktv.com. Click on the red “find” tab.

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