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Vital Signs – Children – Early Swim Lessons May Reduce Drowning – NYTimes.com

In its Vital Signs article, the New York Times reports on a study (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(3):203-210) appearing in the The Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, which looked at drowning deaths of children 1 to 19 in six states over two years.  Researchers in the study compared swimming experience of the victims with that of similarly aged children in the same county.  They found that swimming lessons did not increase the drowning risk for younger children and, in fact, seemed to decrease it.

Good to keep in mind; looking at the abstact, the association was noted as not being terribly robust.  However, some had speculated that early childhood swimming lessons might actually increase downing risk, by reducing the fear of water in young children.

I’ll keep this article in mind as Brookie and I get into the water at 8:45am on Saturdays this spring for a little daddy and me swimming lessons.  She’s a fish like her sister.

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