A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Parents are urged to be vigilant when letting their children play in or near the water, regardless of depth. While 10% of drownings occurr in bathtubs, a staggering 50% take place in swimming pools. Dr. Julie Gilchrist, the author of the study, points out that even those children who survive drowning can suffer from "consequences like delayed brain functions and disabilities." In order to prevent such tragedies, all children should be taught basic swimming skills and water safety techniques, and parents should fence off swimming pools and ponds. Additionally, young children should never be allowed near the water without protective life jackets and close adult supervision.

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