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David Mooney talks to NECN about summer safety

David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Trauma Program, is interviewed about summer safety on New England Cable News.

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Swimming lessons may protect toddlers

37739985.thbHow young is too young to teach children to swim? It’s a question that arises each summer as children flock to pools to cool off, since drowning is the second leading cause of death due to injury among U.S. children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that children under 4 aren’t developmentally ready for swimming lessons, but a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine contradicts previous recommendations, suggesting that basic swimming skills can be taught at a young age and may offer children some protection in an emergency situation.

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