Go Ahead, Teach Your Toddler to Swim: Experts

Comfort in water may help prevent drowning
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
This child may not be too old to swim, experts say.   (?Khaleeka)
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(Newser) – Just in time for Memorial Day, experts are relaxing their recommendation that children under 4 not be given swimming lessons. New evidence suggests lessons could help save little kids from drowning, the No. 2 cause of death for people aged 1 to 19, reports HealthDay News. "Children need to learn to swim," says the pediatrician who led the team behind the new guidelines

He cautioned, however, that "even advanced swimming skills cannot 'drown-proof' a child of any age." The new recommendation doesn't apply to children under 1.

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