For the parents who want their kids to learn swimming and get benefited by the underwater exercises, the American Academy of Pediatrics is all set to coach children even at the first year of their age. This is a part of the new guidelines that the academy issued on drowning prevention in children.
However, the general directions of swimming do not permit the children less than four years of age to go for swimming but the academy claims that their new swimming lessons will make it possible for the younger ones to enjoy swimming and that it is safe.
The guidelines have removed the restrictions on swimming that earlier encircled the kids from 1 to 3 years of age.
These alterations in the policy were announced online on May 24. The new recommendations will also be published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics.
It is known that drowning is the second most prominent cause of death among 1 to 19 years old children. In 2006, almost 1,100 children died of drowning in the United States.
Also, it is said that teen-aged boys are at more at risk of drowning.
The policy statement's lead author Dr. Jeffrey Weiss said that every kid will not be allowed to swim at the same age and the selection will be done on basis of "pool barriers and constant, capable supervision".
Also according to the policy, the parents of the children should be well aware and conscious about the about the layers of protection.