Some things parents must do in caring for children when swimming

Teaching children to swim at an early age (1-4 years) or before their motor skills mature actually does not make children more quickly mastered swimming techniques. The intended swimming technique is the correct technique and the correct ways of swimming. 

Actually there is no specific benchmark at what age children can learn to swim, but according to research it should be or recommended that children be taught to swim at the age of 4 years and over (motor skills have begun to mature).

In this case it must be distinguished, that learning to swim is not the same as a children playing in water. Even if the children will be invited to a water park or want to play water in a pool, that's fine, as long as parents know the principles and procedures.
In this case it must be distinguished, that learning to swim is not the same as a children playing in water. Even if the children will be invited to a water park or want to play water in a pool, that's fine, as long as parents know the principles and procedures.


There are several principles that parents must do when inviting children to play in water or children learn to swim, including:
  • When children play water, parents should always be there beside the children. Parents also should not be too far from reach. This is to anticipate unwanted events.
  • At the age of infancy, or under 1 year of age you should teach first in a small pool, then fill with warm water. Only after the child used to fill the pool with cold water.
  • Children are allowed to play with water when the head is upright or around the age of 5 months and above.
  • Research the cleanliness of the water, both in ordinary ponds or water rides. This is to avoid problems that might occur, namely skin problems in children.
  • When playing water in a game arena or in a large pool, children must wear life vests. This aims to prevent children from sinking.
  • It is recommended that play time is below 10 am or past 4 pm.
  • Understand the child's reaction, whether the child is happy, afraid or even cold.
  • Do not force if the child is afraid to play in the water, teach slowly until the child wants to do it.
  • Pay attention to the flow of water, do not let water enter the mouth. The entry of water in the number of children can make the concentration of salt in the blood. Also because the water is not certain of its cleanliness, it can cause digestive problems.
Those are some basic principles for parents in caring for the baby when swimming or playing water. Hopefully it is useful. (drex / plengdut.com)

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