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Focus on Water Safety
June 2015 • #101
A Note from the Medical Editor
Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy swimming, splashing, and having fun in the water. But, no child is “drown proof.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) feels strongly that parents should never—even for a moment—leave children alone near open bodies of water, such as lakes or swimming pools, nor near water in homes (bathtubs, spas).
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children younger than 14, and home swimming pools are the most common place for children younger than 5 to drown. 
Parents, be sure you know CPR in case of emergencies, and remind your kids to keep away from pool filters and drains.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org
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