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Offered by: Joel Hartl, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury in children and has devastating consequences. It usually results in death or permanent brain injury.

The single biggest thing that parents can do to prevent drowning is to never leave a child unattended around any body of water. This includes pools, bathtubs, buckets, lakes, rivers, etc. There have even been drownings in toilets and in pet bowls. Swim lessons are also a good way to protect your children, but they don’t make a child “drown-proof.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend lessons after the age of 4, but they recently relaxed that as some research shows that children ages 1-4 can benefit. Swim lessons are generally not beneficial for children under 1 year old and are not a substitute for adult supervision around water.

Other preventative measures include fences around home pools, life jackets on boats or around open water, and counseling teens about the risks of alcohol or drugs around water.

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