Parents often ask us whether their babies can swim after their immunizations. The answer is yes, babies can swim any time before or after their immunizations.
Do babies have to have injections before swimming?
You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It does not matter if they have not yet completed their course of vaccinations. Babies sometimes experience side effects after a vaccination. These are generally quite mild and should not stop you taking your baby swimming.
What age can a baby go swimming?
Babies can go into water from birth. However, they can’t regulate their temperature like adults, so it’s very important to make sure they don’t get too cold. Babies can also pick up an infection from water. Therefore, it’s generally best to wait until your baby is around 2 months old before you take them swimming.
Can babies go in a normal swimming pool?
Yes, you can. You won’t need to do any swimming. You just need to be able to walk your baby round the pool. Even if you’re not keen on being in the water, you can make sure your baby gets the benefits that come from learning to swim.
How long after injections can baby go swimming?
Some babies may experience mild side effects after a vaccination, but these shouldn’t prevent them from going to the pool. If your baby is feverish or irritable for a time after immunisation, then you might want to wait a few days until your baby is feeling up to swimming.
Can swimming give baby a cold?
Myth #5: Taking a baby swimming causes colds.
The fact is nothing causes a cold except for rhinovirus – which is passed via the sneezes, coughs and exhalations of a cold sufferer, not via pool water. Swimming causes no illnesses.
Can I take my 2 month old swimming?
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.
Is chlorine bad for baby skin?
Chlorine levels, acidity, PH levels and so on. If the levels are too low, bacteria and algae can form in the pool, which can lead to potential health problems, especially for infants and toddlers. If the levels are too high, it can cause skin irritation for infants and adults alike.
What do babies wear in the pool?
From one year old, babies can start to wear float suits, jackets or vests in the pool. Although armbands are the first choice for many parents, swimwear with built-in buoyancy aids can help babies feel more confident in the pool and encourage them to maintain the natural horizontal position for swimming.