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Drowning safety: how to keep your child safe in the pool

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We know from the CDC, that every day, two kids under the age of 14 die from accidental drowning. Most of them are in the under four age group.      

This holiday weekend, as kids everywhere are excited to get their feet wet, Dr. Tammy Camp, a pediatrician offers some important reminders.

"Parents would often be present and think they're supervising, but they get distracted by conversations with other people, playing cards, they're mowing the lawn, they're talking on their telephone, or texting, and in that very short period of time, a child can become sub-merged, and it's silent, so nobody notices."

Dr. Camp also says it's a relief when a child survives and the accident is a "near" drowning, instead of fatal. But near drownings can leave lifelong complications. So, since adult supervision is the safest way to protect a child, she tells parents never count on floaties to keep your kids afloat.

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