With Memorial Day weekend almost here and beach and pools season upon us, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put out updated advice for parents to prevent drowning. The academy noted that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 19 years old. Teenaged boys and toddlers are at the greatest risk to become one of the 1,100 deaths of children by drowning each year.
Keys for parents of young kids was always to be within touching distance of their children when near a pool or other body of water. And while teaching your children to swim is important, it does not "drown-proof" a child, said Jeffrey Weiss, the lead author of the policy statement which is available for free online from the medical journal Pediatrics,
Here is specific advice for parents regarding drowning prevention: