Pediatricians offer advice, ways to stay safe at the pool, other water sites this summer

Tips to prevent your child from drowning
Pediatricians offer advice, ways to stay safe at the pool, other water sites this summer
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As we get further into the summer season, many of us will be heading to the pools, lakes, or creeks.

Statistics show that drowning kills nearly 1,000 children annually, and because of that, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their recommendations to prevent drowning in children. Some of those recommendations include ensuring they have a Coast Guard approved life vest, swimming lessons, and for homes with a pool, a fence around that pool no less than four-feet tall. Pediatricians say there are other concerns to take into consideration as well. Freeman pediatrician Dr. Beth Garett says “So children are going to wear out, when we think about kids, some of them may have had swimming lessons, and oh my kid’s a good swimmer, but kids get tired, they may have been in the deep end, jumping off the diving board, and their little bodies are getting tired.”

Another important safety precaution is to ensure that there is always an adult supervising the children wherever you are at all times.

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