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How do you keep your kids safe around the water?

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Drowning still a top cause of death for kids under 4

Drowning remains the leading cause of death in children under age 4 other than birth defects, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2005 to 2009, about 3,880 people died from drowningeach year in the United States, and more than 5,700 received emergency care for near- drowning incidents, the CDC says.

Death rates were highest for children between ages 1 and 4. In this age group, about 2.5 deaths occurred for every 100,000 children in the population, the report said.  Overall, there were 1.3 deaths per 100,000 people in the United States. More than half of all people treated in emergency rooms for near drowning were less than 4 years old, the report said.

The rate of death for males of all ages was about four times that of females (2 deaths per 100,000 for males versus 0.5 deaths per 100,000 for females). Males might be at a higher risk for drowning because they are more likely to overestimate their swimming ability, put themselves in riskier situations or use alcohol more frequently, the report said.

"To prevent drowning, all parents and children should learn survival swimming skills," which include learning how to right oneself after falling into water, and  how to float or tread water, the report said. Formal swimming lessons have been shown to reduce the risk of drowning among children under four in the United States, the report said.

Other ways to prevent drowning include isolating pools with fences, avoiding alcohol use while swimming, boating or supervising children, wearing lifejackets while boating and  learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the report said.

by on May. 21, 2012 at 4:38 AM
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Harris06
by Megan on May. 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
It is but I don't want my girls scared of the water. I teach them water safety and I watch them like crazy but I also give them a little room to try things out and such. Don't get me wrong, I *am* right there and I may internally be freakig out but I don't want my kids to be afraid of water or see it as taboo and, therefore, exciting.

Quoting bethany169:

I try not to be the helicopter mom either, but I think when they're little and in the water, it's a whole different story :) 


Quoting Harris06:

I stay on them like hawks. haha No, I try not to be the over-bearing over-protective mother but I do watch my girls very closely and I'm always right there. I would love to start my girls in swim classes or infant swim classes but I have not done so yet.


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LucyHarper
by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

We supervise them in and near the water and teach them to swim as early as they possibly can.

bethany169
by Bethany on May. 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Yeah, we have a lot of fun swimming too :) I just make sure I'm never more than a couple strokes away from my son when he's getting ready to jump in, and we are big on making sure he knows to wait until we say it's ok for him to jump in. DD is only 1 and not really walking yet so I'm always holding her but she loves the water too.

Quoting Harris06:

It is but I don't want my girls scared of the water. I teach them water safety and I watch them like crazy but I also give them a little room to try things out and such. Don't get me wrong, I *am* right there and I may internally be freakig out but I don't want my kids to be afraid of water or see it as taboo and, therefore, exciting.

Quoting bethany169:

I try not to be the helicopter mom either, but I think when they're little and in the water, it's a whole different story :) 



Quoting Harris06:

I stay on them like hawks. haha No, I try not to be the over-bearing over-protective mother but I do watch my girls very closely and I'm always right there. I would love to start my girls in swim classes or infant swim classes but I have not done so yet.




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