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What Do You Know About Swimming Safety for Kids?

When the weather warms up, you may start to think about taking your kids to the pool or beach. You have sunscreen to protect them, but how’s your swimming safety knowledge? Find out below.

1. The presence of a lifeguard at the pool or beach means you don’t have to watch your child.
2. Your child likely doesn’t need swimming lessons.
3. Swimming lessons started early will prevent a young child from drowning.
4. Child life jackets are mostly for boating.
5. Water wings, inflatable toys, or noodles are fine in place of a child life jacket.
6. Drowning is a major cause of death in children.
7. A child who almost drowns needs a medical exam, even if he or she seems fine.
8. Every caregiver who takes kids to the pool should learn CPR.
9. A motorized cover is the best way to protect children from accidental drowning in a backyard pool when it’s not in use.
10. Swimming in a lake or river can be more dangerous than swimming in a pool.
Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/2/2016
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