Swimming and water sports are summer favorites for many kids and families. However, drowning is a leading cause of death in pediatrics leading many parents to be justifiably worried about the risks associated with water play. What are strategies that families can implement to prevent pediatric drowning? What age groups are most at risk for drowning related injury and why? When should you start your child in swim lessons and what should you look for in a swim program? All of these topics and more discussed in this episode discussing water safety.

This episode written by Dr. Lena Rothstein and Dr. Dean Blumberg.

We thank Dr. Heather Siefkes at UC Davis Children's Hospital for reviewing this topic, although Drs. Lena and Dean take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

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Photo from The Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS)