FOX 47 - Health News
It's the second leading cause of death among children.
Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is changing its long-standing view on swimming lessons, in an effort to prevent tragedies in the water.
Until now, the AAP recommended against swim lessons, saying they did not reduce the risk of drowning, and gave parents a false sense of security. Now, they are cautiously revising their policy.
"Toddler swim lessons should not be with the intent of drown-proofing a child, but they are great for getting a child used to the water and enjoying the water," said Dr. Joanne Taylor, Dean pediatrician and swim coach. "I swam with my children at a very young age. They were all in the water with me at six months and up."
Dr. Taylor agrees with the AAP's decision change, and says early exposure to water has many health and athletic benefits, and can help reduce the risk of drowning.
"They could get to a position where they could float, and kick, and get assistance right away," she said.
Plus, she says, it's a great family activity. Don't push kids the get in the water though. Dr. Taylor says parents should decide when their children are developmentally ready to dive in.
"Our goal with swim lessons has to be to make the child more comfortable in the water and not scared to death. I can't say any swim program is ever going to drown-proof a child."
Pediatricians say never allow children near water unsupervised, including pools, bathtubs, and toilets.
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|Medical mystery as boy grows 40-pound hands|
Doctors in India are baffled over an 8-year-old boy whose hands have ballooned to a combined weight of nearly 40 pounds
|70 die from illness in Congo, WHO denies Ebola link|
At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola.
|Dr. Keith Ablow responds to backlash over remarks about Michelle Obama's weight|
Dr. Ablow responds to anger over comments that the first lady needs to lose weight
|Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge|
A Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, citing its funding of research involving embryonic stem cells.
|Did smoking marijuana give these young men heart attacks?|
Reports of heart and circulation problems after smoking pot have raised concerns, but research on the drug's potential risks is limited
Tonight on FOX 47
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Two and a Half Men
10:35pm Everybody Loves Raymond
11:05pm The Arsenio Hall Show