Swimming for children: a whim or necessity?

Children swimming Probably every parent heard that swimming children very useful for the body of the child.This is true, but at what age you can begin walking with a child in the pool?Is it safe for your child: the risk of drowning, like, everything is clear (you need to properly take care of a child), but represent a danger of bacteria living in the pool?


What are the benefits of swimming for children

  • First of all, swimming provides a load on all muscle groups, and the child develops the body by attaching to it a minimum of effort.
  • Swimming useful for children with various diseases, such as asthma and obesity.
  • A number of studies have established a connection between swimming lessons and good school performance.
  • Children who swim at an early age, get a good physical training, which in the future they will be able to successfully deal with almost any kind of sport.


it possible to use the swimming pool for infants and young children, who still wear diapers

can - if you wear a diaper from the baby a special water-repellent material that fits snugly to the waist and hips of the baby.If you use conventional diapers, it is likely that urine or feces get into the baby pool water.The feces may contain bacteria that can cause diarrhea Diarrhea (diarrhea) - a familiar nuisance Diarrhea (diarrhea) - a familiar nuisance , including parasites such as cryptosporidium, which can live in water basins and other water bodies.In healthy people, cryptosporidium may cause stomach upset and diarrhea.If immunity Immunity - the types and characteristics of children in adult Immunity - types and characteristics in children in adults person is weakened, infection with Cryptosporidium can have much more serious consequences.Contact with urine in the water is less dangerous, but it is also better to avoid.In any case, since small children are not in control of defecation and urination, you can not know for sure, will get into the water feces for as long as you and your child will have to swim or not.

Even when you use diapers made of water resistant material, they should be changed regularly, or drive the child to the toilet (approximately every half hour).Do not drive your child to swim, if he has diarrhea


dangerous for the child to swallow the pool water

avoid this is almost impossible - the child will definitely swallow water, especially if it is just learning to swim.A small amount of water is usually not cause any problems, but if the child swallow a lot of water, this can lead to certain diseases.Even before the first time to go with the child to swim, explain to him that the pool water in any case you can not drink, but if he feels thirsty, let him tell you, and you give him fresh water;Also tell him to spit out the water if it gets into his mouth.If the child is still very small, may have to ensure that it does not swallow water.


How to prevent "swimmer's ear»

called swimmer's ear ear infections, often affecting people who are engaged in swimming;for the treatment of such infections are usually necessary prescription eardrops.To prevent infection:

  • Encourage your child to use earplugs during class in the pool;
  • dry ears after swimming baby with a towel or hair dryer (pre-adjust the temperature - it should not be too high);
  • Use ear drops with isopropyl alcohol or a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar in a ratio of 1: 1 to remove the water from the baby's ears after swimming.

Do not use a cotton swab to clean the ears of a child - they may scratch the walls of the ear canal, and because this will only increase the chance of infection.


red eyes after swimming - what is the reason?

Parents often notice that the child's eyes after swimming become red and swollen;The reason for this is usually chlorinated water.To relieve the discomfort and remove redness, wash the baby's eyes with sterile fluid to the eye, or instilled into the eyes "artificial tears".To prevent red eyes Red eyes - an occasion consult an ophthalmologist Red eyes - an occasion consult an ophthalmologist , the child can swim in the special glasses.


At what age is best to start to swim

Many children learn to ride a bike and swim around the same time - it often happens in the summer, around the age of 4-5 years.Most experts recommend giving the child in the swimming section, or teach him to swim on their own, not earlier, than he was four years old.If you want to start learning early, choose the style of swimming, which do not require that the baby's head was under water.


Can a child to swim, if he had a cold or damaged skin?

If a child has a slight cold, it is quite possible to keep on swimming.The main conditions: the child should feel well enough to exercise, and disease should not be infectious.From small scratches and cuts can also swim - unless, of course, they do not bleed.


Swimming after eating

After a light snack, both children and adults can swim without problems.But immediately after a hearty lunch at the pool is not necessary to go - first, the child at this time can be very sluggish, and secondly, the load on a full stomach may cause nausea Nausea - there may be problems with the nervous system Nausea - there may be problems with the nervous system .



Explain to your child that he should always swim with a partner, or under the supervision of someone else - even if it is floating in a shallow pool in the yard you have.

also explain to him the differences between the pools of open water bodies: tell me what dangerous low water temperature, currents, waves, reefs, and so on.

Do not rely on inflatable wheels, noodle and other devices, which are commonly used in the water children - they do not eliminate the need to monitor children.

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).Not bad at all to be able to provide first aid, CPR but should in the first place, especially if your small child swims.Older children must also be taught CPR.

not take his eyes off the child for a moment.According to statistics, about 70% of preschool children who drowned were under the supervision of one or both parents.In 75% of cases, parents found that the child can not see, is less than five minutes after the drowning.This happens very quickly, and do not expect that a child scream.In fact, drowning man, still in the water, can not even breathe properly and, moreover, he was unable to call for help loudly.