Cruel at first sight, but parents throw toddlers into the pool for a specific reason...
November 07 2018, 3:47 PM
This is called ‘self-rescue’ swimming technique.

Swimming lessons are now recommended for toddlers age 1 to 3, according to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010. Early instruction may help prevent drowning in young children, the second leading cause of deathin youth under 19 years of age.

Swimming lessons are now recommended for toddlers age 1 to 3, according to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010.

Early instruction may help prevent drowning in young children, the second leading cause of deathin youth under 19 years of age.

When you begin teaching your child to swim, remember to have realistic expectations. Most young children have not yet developed the motor skills required for strong swimming skills. Concentrate instead on games that emphasize water enjoyment and skills that would help increase survival in an emergency situation.

Concentrate instead on games that emphasize water enjoyment and skills that would help increase survival in an emergency situation.

Whenever you spend time in the water with your child, make sure she wears a reusable swim diaper with elastic around the thighs and waist. This will protect other swimmers and the pool chemistry if she has an accident while in the water. Always encourage with enthusiasm.

Whenever you spend time in the water with your child, make sure she wears a reusable swim diaper with elastic around the thighs and waist.

Even with very scared children this often distracts them from their fear. Use the kickboard and water noodle as tools to teach the skills. Teach them to hold onto the board or noodle instead of holding onto you when learning floating and kicking skills.

Teaching your child basic water safety skills does not guarantee safety around the water. Especially if your child determines she loves the water, she may be more attracted to swimming pools or bodies of water. Stay vigilant when near water with a young child in order to prevent drowning. Submersion often scares children, but once they get used to the feeling, they begin to love it.

Teaching your child basic water safety skills does not guarantee safety around the water.

Especially if your child determines she loves the water, she may be more attracted to swimming pools or bodies of water. Stay vigilant when near water with a young child in order to prevent drowning.

Evidence suggests that children ages 1 to 4 are less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming lessons, but the evidence has come from small studies and it's not clear exactly what type of techniques have been beneficial, said Dr. Mary Evelyn O'Neil, a pediatrician at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

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