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HVP June 2017

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Page 22 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 group being children ages 1-4, that percentage drastically increased, with the youngest children more likely to fall victim to drowning in a family, friend's or neighbor's pool. Older children were more likely drown at public or commercial swimming facilities. The study also found that boys under the age of 15 are twice as likely to be the victim of drowning than girls in the same age group. None of these statistics are pleasant to think about, but serve as a stark reminder as we head into swimming season that extra vig- ilance must be taken when small children - and all children - are around pools, including hot tubs and portable kiddie pools. To help parents protect their children, the federal government has a website that offers a variety of advice, tools and activities. It is recommended that whenever children are in or near a pool, an official "Water Watcher" - a specific adult designated to supervise children in the pool - should be assigned. It is important that this person not read, text, or be on their phones at all. Even if a lifeguard is present, a "Water Watcher" should supervise children in a pool because other patrons in the pool may obscure the view of or distract the lifeguard. Another risk posed to young children are the drains in pools and hot tubs. A child's hair, limbs or bathing suit can get sucked into a drain that is not properly covered - as is now required by law - and prevent even the best of swimmers from emerging from the water. Along with safety tips, also offers fun ways to engage your children in pool safety. There is a video with a safety sing-along. There is an app you can download on your phone, "The Adventures of Splish and Splash" that teaches kids what to do, and not to do, when in or near a pool. And there's some download- able coloring pages to engage your young one in the same way. • Treating infants through teens, and children with special needs • Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontic appliances • Sedation with Nitrous Oxide • Fun & Friendly Atmosphere • Most insurances accepted • Spanish speaking doctor and staff Dr. Jeffrey J. Kim, DDS Orthodontist Dr. Agnes Barbagallo, DDS Pedodontist Providing Excellent, Comprehensive Orthodontic and Pediatric Dental Care 400 Midway Park Drive, Middletown • 845-344-4336 Favorite HUDSON VALLEY PARENT Healthcare Professionals & 2016 ONE PERSON SHOULD BE A "WATER WATCHER" TO KEEP KIDS SAFE. Download your pool safety checklist

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