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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Baby Swimming Lessons (Overview)

Some people provide swim lessons to babies to try to reduce their fear of water and make them safer. There is some concern though that reducing their fear of water may increase the risk of drowning, until a child is old enough to learn to keep their own head above water - usually well after they have learned to walk.


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When can I enroll my baby in swimming lessons?

When can I enroll my baby in swimming lessons?

See AAP statement: ? american academy of pediatrics: swimming lessons for infants and toddlers do not protect children from drowning. Children are not ready for formal swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday because they cannot voluntarily hold their breath for significant amounts of time until that age. Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
39 doctors shared insights

Baby Swimming Lessons (Overview)

Some people provide swim lessons to babies to try to reduce their fear of water and make them safer. There is some concern though that reducing their fear of water may increase the risk of drowning, until a child is old enough to learn to keep their own head above water - usually well after they have learned to walk.


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I removed ear wax inside of my 5 month baby with a cotton swab ,he is fine and well but worried now if anything gets wrong . He has swimming lessons?

I removed ear wax inside of my 5 month baby with a cotton swab ,he is fine and well but worried now if anything gets wrong . He has swimming lessons?

Ear wax: It is not advisable to use Q tips on your baby's ears because you may damage the ear canal/ and or the eardrum. Also it is not advisable to give swimming lessons to a 5 month old because of the possibility on water intoxication ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
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Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's first doctor exam for two to four days after hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's well exam and vaccinations for age two months
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When are swimming lessons best?

When are swimming lessons best?

Swimming: As this isn't a real medical question i will jump in ( ha ). I started my kids when they were quite young - about 4 with gentle introductory fun. I taught swimming in high school and swam in hs and college as did my son. Be sure to not create a fear of the water and your kids will have something to enjoy their entire lives. ...Read more

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

Get legal advice and make sure all documentation is complete
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Choose a candidate and do a thorough interview
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Choose a reputable company
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Participate in prenatal care with the surrogate
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What do you suggest if I have had them for 4 weeks and what do you suggest if I have swimming lessons tomorrow which are 30 mins?

What do you suggest if I have had them for 4 weeks and what do you suggest if I have swimming lessons tomorrow which are 30 mins?

Don't know: I don't know what "them" is that you have had for 4 weeks and what you are asking about swimming tomorrow. Please clarify your question and resubmit so we can help you decide what to do. ...Read more

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My daughter doesn't want to go to school and they're doing swimming lessons and she can't swim but everyone else can she doesn't want to be left out?

My daughter doesn't want to go to school and they're doing swimming lessons and she can't swim but everyone else can she doesn't want to be left out?

SWIMMING : It is one of the best exercise. It is a "must" to learn how to swim. Encourage her to join her friends and eventually she will catch up on how to swim. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Do swimming lessons present a health risk to children that are prone to bladder and urine infections?

Do swimming lessons present a health risk to children that are prone to bladder and urine infections?

No, but staying in a: wet swimsuit, like wearing silk panties, keeps the perineum moist & can cause vulvitis; then, wiping back-to -front can cause an ascending bladder infection. Cotton panties wick away moisture. Showers are better than baths with floating soap or bubbles because ^ed alkalinity reduces vulvar mucosa's resistance to bacteria; Sitz baths with 1 cup of vinegar/6" of water ^ its resistance. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son was diagnosed with balanitis and is on amoxicillin 250 . Can he continue his swimming lessons ?

My 4 year old son was diagnosed  with balanitis  and is on amoxicillin  250 . Can he continue his swimming lessons ?

Balanitis: Most pediatric balanitis occurs in uncircumcised males. Oral antibiotics have never been my preference for this condition in children. If he is a swimmer, there is a reasonable likelihood that the imflammation of the glans is fungal. I would recommend alternating anti fungal cream with antibacterial cream for 7-10 days. Your pharmacist should be able to assist you. Swimming should be fine. ...Read more

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