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Health Tip: Teach Kids to Swim

To help reduce drowning risk

(HealthDay News) -- For children aged 4 and older, one of the best ways to help prevent drowning is to teach them to swim.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help keep kids safe near water:

  • Starting at about age 4, take your children to swimming lessons.
  • For children younger than age 4, talk to a pediatrician who knows your child about whether swimming lessons are safe and a good idea.
  • Always supervise children when they're near any water -- including the bathtub.
  • When your child is swimming, make sure he or she wears an approved life vest. Choose one for young children that fits properly and offers support around the head and a strap between the legs.
  • Don't trust an inflatable vest or arm "floaties" to protect your child from drowning.
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