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Swimming Programs for Infants and Toddlers


The AAP wants parents to know that swimming lessons for infants and toddlers do not protect children from drowning. Children are not ready for formal swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. That’s because they cannot voluntarily hold their breath for significant amounts of time until that age. Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children. While millions of infants and preschool children take part in swimming programs, parents should not feel secure that their infant or toddler is safe from drowning after participating in swimming lessons. Whenever infants and toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within an arm’s length. You can teach your baby or toddler to love the water. But your child always needs an adult present at all times to prevent drowning.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.

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