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Water-Safety Essentials for Parents
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SATURDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- On a hot summer day, pools, lakes and beaches beckon children and teens. But adults need to make sure youngsters are safe when they're playing in and around water, experts say.
"Children can drown in even the smallest body of water, including toilets, decorative fountains, portable pools, buckets and bath tubs," Dr. Wendy Pomerantz, an emergency-room physician at Cincinnati Children' Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. "Anytime you have a standing body of water that is accessible, make sure you supervise your child at all times."
Drowning rates in the United States have declined over the past 25 years, but drowning is still the second leading cause of injury-related death for children aged 1 to 18.
Pomerantz and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer tips on how to keep children safe while they're in and around water:
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, news release, July 9, 2013
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