With warmer weather just around the corner, it is important to remember to keep our children safe near the water. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death for young children ages one to four, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for people of all ages. Young children are particularly in danger of suffering a submersion injury. Therefore, it is crucial that parents remain attentive and appropriate safety measures are taken.
One way to keep children safe is to properly instruct them on how to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports giving swimming lessons for children as young as one year old. Taking formal swimming lessons can reduce drowning risks by up to 88 percent for children one to four years old.
Additionally, young children should be provided life jackets. Even if a child knows how to swim, he or she should wear a properly fitted life jacket. Water wings, noodles, and inner tubes are toys and not suitable replacements for an actual life jacket.