Can/ should a baby swim with a cold?
It is generally not recommended for a baby to swim in cold water. Babies are not able to regulate their body temperature as well as adults, and being exposed to cold water can cause their body temperature to drop too low, leading to hypothermia. Even if the water feels warm to an adult, it can still be too cold for a baby.
If you do want to take your baby swimming, it’s important to make sure the water is warm enough for them. The ideal temperature for a baby’s pool is around 32°C (90°F).
Consult with a pediatrician or a certified swimming instructor for guidance on when it is safe for your baby to start swimming and under what conditions. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and ensure your baby’s safety and well-being.
Can/ should a baby swim with a diaper rash?
If a baby has a diaper rash, it’s generally not recommended to take them swimming until the rash has healed. The wet environment in the pool or water can make the rash worse, and chlorine or other chemicals in the water can further irritate the skin.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “A baby with an open sore or wound should not be allowed to go swimming until it is healed.” (source: HealthyChildren.org)
It’s important to address the cause of the diaper rash and provide appropriate treatment before allowing your baby to swim again. This can include using a diaper rash cream, changing diapers frequently, and allowing the skin to air out.
It’s recommend consulting with a pediatrician for guidance on when it is safe for your baby to resume swimming after a diaper rash has healed. They can provide personalized advice based on your baby’s individual needs and the severity of the rash.
Can/ should a baby swim with a ear infection?
As a parent, it’s important to be cautious when taking your baby swimming if they have an ear infection. An ear infection can cause pain, discomfort, and pressure in the ear, and being submerged in water can make these symptoms worse. In addition, swimming in contaminated water can introduce bacteria into the ear and exacerbate the infection.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Children with a ruptured tympanic membrane (also called a perforated eardrum) or a draining ear should not swim. Other children with ear infections can swim, but it is probably best to avoid diving or jumping into the water, or swimming in water that might be contaminated.” (source: HealthyChildren.org)
It’s important to talk to your pediatrician if your baby has an ear infection and you’re considering taking them swimming. They can provide personalized advice based on your baby’s individual needs and the severity of the ear infection.
It would be suggested erring on the side of caution and waiting until your baby’s ear infection has fully cleared before allowing them to swim again. This can help ensure your baby’s comfort and safety, and minimize the risk of complications or further infection.
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