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Health Tip: Set Rules for Swimming

Health Tip: Set Rules for Swimming

07/04/11

(HealthDay News) -- Once it gets hot, kids are naturally drawn to playing in and near water. But thousands of kids end up in emergency rooms each year because of near-drownings, and more than 1,000 under age 14 drown.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines to help keep you and your family safe at the pool:

  • Never leave children unsupervised in or around a pool -- particularly an inflatable pool -- even for a moment.
  • All pools should be surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet high without any openings that a child could squeeze through. The gate latch should be out of a child's reach.
  • Don't rely on devices such as "floaties," which don't offer enough protection to keep a child from drowning.
  • Provide swimming lessons for children as appropriate. Parents should be CPR-certified.
  • Make sure pool drain covers are not broken or missing.
  • Keep equipment -- such as a rescue hook and life preservers -- nearby at all times.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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