Swimming Lessons: When Should Your Children Start?
- Exposure to water sources for swimming
- Emotional development
- Physical abilities
- Health conditions
Danger in the Backyard
- Enclose pool with a non-climbable fence that is at least 4 feet high.
- Attach self-closing, self-latching gates to fences, and make sure the gates open outward. Toddlers try to open things by pushing on them.
- Place locks on windows and doors leading to a pool or hot tub area.
- Seal off doggy doors leading to a pool area.
- Use a rigid pool cover.
- Equip the pool with a shepherd's hook and lifesaving rings.
- Keep a telephone near the pool.
- Get training in CPR and infant CPR.
- Do not use swim aids, like inflatable arm bands, as they can deflate.
- If you are taking your children to a beach or lake to swim, be sure that there is a lifeguard on duty.
- Anyone around water should know how and when to call for emergency medical services.
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Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Canadian Red Cross http://www.redcross.ca
Safe Kid—Children’s Health & Safety Association http://www.safekid.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2015 -
- Update Date: 11/05/2015 -