Babies love to be in the water, right from splashing time when they are two months or three months old to when they start standing. As the baby becomes older, parents start making them used to pool, so they start with inflated pools, and then the child starts accompanying them to the pools where they go.
When you do introduce your little one to water, keep the following safety tips in mind:
– Practice “touch supervision,” meaning that an adult stays within arm’s reach of an infant or toddler whenever they’re in or near a body of water.
– Once your child can walk, teach them some basic pool safety tips: Don’t run near the pool, and don’t get in the water by yourself.
– Always hold your baby in the pool, and don’t wade into water too deep for you to maintain firm footing.
Inflatable toys like water wings, inner tubes, and pool noodles are fun to play with, but aren’t meant to serve as flotation devices.
If you’re going to a public pool :
1 . Always Be There For Supervision of Babies
2. Learn CPR and Basic Water Rescue Skills
3. Don’t Let the Baby’s Head Go Underwater
The pool is cleaned and sanitized, yet it is not advisable to let the head of the baby be underwater as there are several bacteria and viruses in it which the baby can swallow leading to several diseases. Also, in case they breathe inside this contaminated water, it can result in choking hazards.
4. Be Careful With Swim Toys
5. Keep Proper Safety Devices
6. Protection of Skin
If you’re using a swimming pool at home :
+ Drain inflatable or plastic pools after use and store them in an upright position.
+ If you have a permanent pool, completely enclose it with a fence at least 4 feet high, though 5 feet is preferable. Lock the gate after each use with a latch that your child can’t reach.
+ It’s highly unlikely that your baby will get sick from swallowing some pool water, but make sure any device that dispenses chlorine is kept out of reach so your baby doesn’t accidentally ingest or inhale chlorine.
+ Take care that the water isn’t too hot or cold. Babies aren’t able to regulate their body temperature as well as adults, so their temperature can change very quickly in water that’s too cold or hot. And don’t let your baby or toddler in a hot tub, spa, or pool heated to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re 3 years old.
+ The high temperatures in hot tubs can cause a child’s heart to race or pose other dangers.
Some notes when you let your baby go swimming:
Be sure to lather them up with sunscreen, and have them wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses to protect their eyes.
Keep an eye out for signs of overheating: cool, moist skin; dizziness; and leg or stomach cramps.
Sun exposure is another factor to consider when getting ready to take your baby in the water.
The AAP recommends starting swimming lessons once your baby’s about a year old, though you may see lessons designed for parents and babies as young as 6 months.