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(WXIA) -- There is a new initiative running through the country, aimed at lowering the number of deaths among children caused by drowning.
The average number of drowning deaths in children ages 1 - 4 is two per day. So, pediatricians think infants should learn to swim. In fact, the swimming lessons are now doctor's orders.
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Pediatricians, according to a spokeswoman for the Water SMART Babies movement, are writing prescriptions for infant swim lessons.
With the movement, when infants go in for their 9-month well visit, doctors are giving parents information on water safety. Doctors also recommend local swim schools where parents can take their youngsters for swim lessons.
Plus, the parents are sent home with a prescription - just like a script for medicine.
At the 12-month well visit, doctors hold parents accountable for getting the swim lessons underway. Pediatricians will likely follow up to make sure parents enroll their babies in swim lessons.