Frequent question: Can a 6 month old go swimming?

Is a chlorine pool safe for babies?

Some research suggests that infant swimming in chlorinated pools might increase the risk of airway inflammation, but there isn’t enough information conclusively linking infant swimming and asthma to warrant keeping healthy babies out of indoor pools.

Can I take my 6 month old swimming?

Baby swimming lessons generally start at around 6 months. Usually lessons involve a small group of parents and babies who learn through fun activities and play. You can find swimming classes in your area by asking at your local pool or visiting the AUSTSWIM website.

Is chlorine bad for 6 month old?

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If the levels are not properly managed, bacteria and algae can grow in the pool. According to a 2011 study, exposure to the chlorine used in swimming pools during infancy can lead to an increase in risk of bronchiolitis.

What does a 6 month old wear swimming?

Babies aged 6–9 months and 9–12 months have very similar needs when it comes to swimming. At this age, your baby might start swimming classes and can stay in the water for longer. Standard swimming costumes are fine, but must be worn with a swim nappy to avoid accidents in the pool.

How soon can babies swim in pool?

Most physicians recommend waiting until the baby is at least 6 months of age before going swimming with your baby. If your baby is less than six months old, avoid taking him or her to a large public pool, as the water is too cold. Make sure the water temperature is heated to at least 89.6°F before taking baby in.

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Is it safe to dunk a baby under water?

Don’t dunk a baby underwater. Although infants may naturally hold their breath, they’re just as likely to swallow water. That’s why babies are more susceptible to the bacteria and viruses in pool water and lakes that can cause stomach flu and diarrhea.

Can babies swim naturally?

No. It’s not true that babies are born with the ability to swim, though they have reflexes that make it look like they are. A reflex called the bradycardic response makes babies hold their breath and open their eyes when submerged in water, says Jeffrey Wagener, a pediatric pulmonologist in Colorado.

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