The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated it’s advice on drowning prevention. “To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protection… Children need to learn to swim… Parents must also closely supervise their children around water and know how to perform CPR.”
These statements are quoted from Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, MD, FAAP and
lead author of the policy statement and technical report for (AAP).
*Drowning is still a leading cause of death for children under 5 years of age. New evidence indicates that children who have been introduced to a water safety program may stand a much better chance of survival in the event of a water incident. In fact, along with proper adult supervision, formal swimming lessons are associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning for children ages 1-4.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA)
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Institute of Health (NIH)