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04 July 2001

How to prevent drowning

Drowning of a child is what every parent fears. What can you do to prevent a tragedy?

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Drowning of a child is what every parent fears. What can you do to prevent a tragedy?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following recommendations to prevent drowning:

  • Swimming lessons for all children over age 5
  • Constant supervision of infants and young children when they are in the bathtub or around other bodies of water
  • Installation of fencing to separate homes from residential pools
  • Use of personal floatation devices when riding on a boat or playing near a river, lake or ocean
  • Teaching children never to swim alone or without adult supervision
  • Teaching children the dangers of drug and alcohol consumption while swimming or when near water
  • And making sure that adults and teens learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation
 

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