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An infant or young child can drown in as little as 1 in. (2.5 cm) of water or other liquid.
The following recommendations can help you protect your child from drowning hazards:footnote 1
Children need to learn to swim. You can help prevent drowning incidents by teaching your children basic safety rules and swimming skills.
The following are suggestions to help you prepare your child for water-related activities:
CitationsConsumer Product Safety Commission (2012). Prevent child in-home drowning deaths. CPSC Document No. 5013. Available online: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chdrown.html.National Safety Council (2009). Water safety. National Safety Council Fact Sheet. Available online: http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/resources/documents/water_safety.pdf.Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Policy statement: Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics, 126(1): 178–185.Other Works ConsultedAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (2011). Water safety and young children. Available online: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Water-Safety-And-Young-Children.aspx.Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Policy statement: Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics, 126(1): 178–185.
Current as ofDecember 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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