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July 2013 • #56
A Note from the Medical Editor

Summertime is the perfect opportunity for kids to spend time outside swimming, splashing, and playing. However, no child or adult is “drown proof.” In fact, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children younger than 14, and home swimming pools are the most common place for children younger than 5 to drown.

So whether your summer plans include a nearby body of water or hanging out in your own backyard, make sure the whole family follows swim safety practices, stays hydrated and wears sunscreen.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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