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Child Health and Safety
Teaching young children and toddlers how to swim is essential to good parenting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005 there were 3,582 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States. One in four drownings involved children age 14 or younger. Children who drown and survive can face a lifetime of disability from learning disabilities and memory problems. Parents should teach children to swim to help avoid the tragedy of drowning.