Many parents underestimate drowning risks

May 15, 2017

Many parents underestimate drowning risks

HealthDay

Pretty soon kids will be clamoring to dive into pools all across America, but many may not have the swimming skills they need to safely splash around.

And many American parents think their children are safe from drowning in pools, a new survey reveals.

While few parents would allow their child to swim unsupervised in a lake (16 percent) or ocean (13 percent), 37 percent would allow their child to use a backyard, hotel or neighborhood pool without adult supervision, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

"Many families enjoy spending time around a pool or lake in the summer, but parents should be cautious of keeping children safe around the water," poll co-director, IHPI member and pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed said in a university news release.

"Familiar places such as a backyard pool may provide a false sense of security, but we know that drowning can occur anywhere, often instantly and silently. We strongly advise parents to closely supervise kids at all times, even if they think their child is a good swimmer," he said.

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