WARNING! ALERT! INFANT SWIMMING
Kids are natural swimmers ! You drop them in water and see how easily they can swim. Please correct anyone who have the same notion. Infants cannot swim, they can drown and die. Infant Swimming is a total No No !
There is a phenomenon called “Infant Swimming”, where human babies reflectively move through the water. They demonstrate or innate swimming when put in water till the age of six months. This makes you feel they are natural swimmers, but aren’t. They have ability to change the heart rate and respiration when submerged, making them hold their breath. Slowing of heart rate and breathing is called BRADYCARDIAC RESPONSE. However, children under the age of four are not considered to developed fully. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), do not recommend swimming programs for children under the age of one.
Although infant swimming has become very popular, many cases have recently come up regarding children getting drowned. Also infant swimming can develop bronchitis leading to higher risk of asthma and respiratory allergies.
Swimming is good for children who are above the age of four. The benefits are as follows:
1) Good mode of physical exercise
2) Helps in increasing self control
3) Gets comfortable with social situations
4) Improves parent-child bonding