Preventing Child Drowning Deaths

Swim lessons and family monitoring can help prevent drowning.
Swim lessons and family monitoring can help prevent drowning.

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne – As kids around the Cowboy State get ready to escape the classroom for the summer months and head to pools, lakes and other swimming locations, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised their guidelines on how to keep children safe around water.

The AAP has long recommended swimming lessons for children ages four and older, and new evidence suggests kids between the ages of one and four could benefit from formal lessons, too. Dr. Denise Dowd served on the committee that helped create the guidelines.

Dowd points out that swimming lessons alone are not a complete prevention; she says supervision is equally, if not more, important.

While drowning deaths have declined nationwide over the last 20 years, they remain the second leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to nineteen.

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