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Jun 3, 2013 2:12 PM by Czarina Nafarrate

Swimming injuries in children up 20 percent

Temperatures are rising which for a lot of kids means swimming, but a 20 percent increase in swimming injuries might get parents to pay attention.

A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine estimates that 250 children are rushed to the hospital every day for injuries while swimming.

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital looked at 18 of years of data to conclude that a child is hurt every six minutes while swimming. Children ages 7 to 17 are at a bigger risk to be injured, while boys sustained the most injuries across all age groups.

To avoid these kinds of injuries children should never run near the pool, never dive into shallow water, and be very careful while playing pool games.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital reminds parents that if children are going swimming there should always be an adult present. Water wings and pool noodles should not be used in place of a life jacket and parents are encouraged to learn CPR.

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