Rx Swimming

Monday, August 16, 2010 - 7:22am

More pediatricians are prescribing swimming lessons to keep kids safe.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children learn to swim at a young age and some pediatricians are reinforcing that recommendation by prescribing swimming lessons for their young patients.

All children ages 1 through 4 should have swimming lessons according to the recommendation.

It was issued this summer in an attempt to decrease the number of drownings.

Pediatrician Nicole Aristy of Florida's Children's Medical Center now talks to parents of young children about water safety, gives them a water smart babies booklet and writes them a prescription for swimming lessons.

"It's like you have an ear infection, here you need amoxicillin and they do it, so handing them a prescription even though they know they won't take it to a pharmacy it's, 'I'm being told I have to do it. They're giving me a prescription. This must be important'" she explains.

Experts say teaching young children to swim is a must.

However, it doesn't mean they're drown proof and there's no substitute for adult supervision.

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