From The American Academy of Pediatrics
Protect your new baby from water hazards around the home
Drowning can happen to any family. It’s quick, and it’s silent. Never, even for a moment, leave young children alone or in the care of another child while in or near bathtubs, pools, spas, wading pools, irrigation ditches, ponds, or other standing water. During swim times, designate a “Water Watcher” – an adult who will stay within arm’s reach to children in and around water.
Protect those curious toddlers
Little kids are curious; and that’s a wonderful thing! Many toddlers are very curious, active and eager to explore their surrounding and are attracted to water. It shines, ripples, splashes, and can even make things float, but they don’t understand that water can be dangerous and aren’t old enough yet to do what is needed when in trouble. So, it’s essential to protect them from water hazards where you live and where you visit.
Water safety is important for all ages, but especially for toddlers. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children 1-4. Young children can drown in as little as an inch or two of water, and it can happen quickly and silently. Remember, water safety is not just about swimming pools. Installing bathroom door locks and toilet latches, and emptying all buckets, pools and tubs helps keep curious little ones safe.
Start swimming lessons early
Swim lessons for children ages 4 and up: a must for most families:
By their 4th birthday, most children are ready for swim lessons. At this age, they usually can learn basic water survival skills such as floating, treading water and getting to an exit point. By age 5 or 6, most children in swim lessons can master the front crawl. If your child hasn’t already started in a learn-to-swim program, now is the time!
Does AAP recommend infant swim classes?
There is currently no evidence that infant swim programs for babies under 1 year old lower their drowning risk. Infants this age may show reflex “swimming” movements but can’t yet raise their heads out of the water well enough to breathe. However, enrolling in a parent-child water play class to help your infant get used to being in the pool can be a fun activity to enjoy together.
Make safety a priority if you own a swimming pool
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