Swimming Skills for Infants

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There’s no doubt that children are drawn to water, but teaching them to be safe, as well as have fun, is a lesson that parents need to enforce from an early age.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4, and most of those are among children ages 1 through 2.

Here’s some more sobering facts:

  • Most drownings in young children occur in the child’s home pool
  • Most of these children were left unsupervised for less than 5 minutes
  • Drownings usually occur in the summer months, from May to August
  • Drowning rates are highest on the weekends (Friday to Sunday) and at noon and 6pm

 

So what’s the best defense against a potential tragedy?

While a multi-layered approach that includes supervision, fences and alarms is your best protection, teaching your kids to swim and survive in the pools is another smart measure.

The American Pediatrics Association recommends that all kids at age 4 start to take swim lessons. But younger children can also learn how to survive a water accident.

ISR, an organization that was founded in 1966, teaches infants as young as 6 months old how to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.

For the youngest, this means teaching them to roll onto their backs, rest and float until help arrives. Children older than one also learn how to swim to the safety of the steps, the side of a pool, or the shoreline.

The organization claims that their methods have prevented 800 deaths.

No matter what method you use, getting your children comfortable and swimming is a vital skill that will be keep them safe as they have fun.

When and where did your child learn to swim?

Sources:

ISR, http://www.infantswim.com

Swim Lesson for Kids http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/weeklyquestion/a/swim_lessons.htm