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Infant Swimming

​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend formal swim programs for children under the age of 1. At this age, parent/infant swim classes are a form of enjoyment and bonding as oppose to a water safety program.

In this video, pediatrician Lewis R. First, MD, FAAP, dives into information on what to look for when choosing a swim program for your child along with what children should wear in the water to be safe. Remember, swimming lessons are not a way to prevent drowning in young children.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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