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AAP: young kids ready for swimming lessons

Some kids under the age of 4 maybe ready for swimming lessons
Some kids under the age of 4 maybe ready for swimming lessons

The weather is finally warming up and schools are getting ready to close their doors for summer break, which means many families will soon be spending more time in and around water. With proper supervision, swimming activities are a great way for kids to get exercise and cool off, but parents need to be aware of the risks.

Drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19, with toddlers and teenage boys among the biggest risk groups. This summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated guidelines on water safety and drowning prevention, including a relaxed stance on swimming lessons for children less than 4 years old and updated suggestions for guarding large, portable and inflatable pools that have gained popularity in the past few years.

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