Health Tip: Teach Kids to Swim
(HealthDay News) -- For children aged 4 and older, one of the
best ways to help prevent drowning is to teach them to swim.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help keep
kids safe near water:
- Starting at about age 4, take your children to swimming
- For children younger than age 4, talk to a pediatrician who
knows your child about whether swimming lessons are safe and a good
- Always supervise children when they're near any water --
including the bathtub.
- When your child is swimming, make sure he or she wears an
approved life vest. Choose one for young children that fits
properly and offers support around the head and a strap between the
- Don't trust an inflatable vest or arm "floaties" to protect
your child from drowning.
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