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Practicing water safety with young children saves lives

Parents are the best defense against drowning incidents with young children. Parents are the best defense against drowning incidents with young children.

Staying safe while having fun this summer is vital to helping your child grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn. Most children love the water and jump at any opportunity to play in it.  But whether you're letting your little one just play at a splash pad, or in an inflatable pool in the backyard, or taking them swimming in a larger pool, the most important thing to remember is you ALWAYS have to be watching them. 

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages one to 19. A young child can drown in an inch of water. Doctors recommend parents learn infant and child CPR in case they're ever faced with an emergency.

And as your baby grows, you may want to consider swimming lessons, even as early as age three. The American Academy of Pediatrics shows lessons can reduce the risk of drowning. Not all children will be developmentally ready for lessons at the same age, however AAP says most should be ready by age four. 

Even with lessons, there's no substitute for adult supervision when it comes to pool safety. Experts always recommend parents engaging with their children in the water - don't sit on the edge and watch. Get in the pool. That way you're always close by, and you can help reinforce what they've learned in swimming lessons.

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