Can you keep your baby safe in water?

Can you keep your baby safe in water?

Swimming is great for our children, we know that, even newborn babies can start to enjoy the sport of swimming, but new research shows that millions of children are at risk during the summer due to a lack of water safety awareness and swimming skills.

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Water Babies, commissioned a research study of 2,000 families' swimming habits in support of the Royal Life Saving Society UK's Drowning Prevention Week (21 – 29 June).

More than half of the parents surveyed said that they wouldn't feel confident their child could save themselves if they got into trouble in the water, and 44% admitted that they themselves wouldn't feel confident in their own swimming skills to rescue their child. In fact, 16% of parents confessed they couldn't even swim at all.

Half of parents surveyed admit they have lost sight of their child for long enough during a holiday to cause panic. The majority of holiday accidents occur in the first or last hour at a resort, when parents are most likely to be distracted.

A total of 75% of parents surveyed were totally unaware drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children.

The study was conducted in 2014.

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