Child Drowning Recommendations; Doctors Say Swim Lessons Are A Must

The nation's largest pediatricians group is relaxing its stance against swimming lessons for children younger than 4.

A few small studies now suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they've had swim lessons.

That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics says it's fine to enroll children as young as 1 in classes.

The doctors aren't recommending lessons for every young child. Some parents may feel their little ones aren't ready for the water and that's OK.

In the past, the group said swim classes might give toddlers and parents a false sense of security.

The AAP does not recommend swimming lessons for children under one because no scientific studies have shown these infant classes to be effective.

Parents should closely supervise their children while swimming and know how to perform CPR.

Also today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will release its annual report on childhood drowning. The report details the different risk levels of public pools versus backyard pools and it coincides with a national campaign to help reduce drowning incidents.

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