Thread: Floating babies
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Old 04 April 2013, 06:06 AM
Nana M Nana M is offline
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Is it safe to take infants to swimming classes? Yes. Is it safe to toss a baby into a swimming pool? No, absolutely not. Babies do have a dive reflex, but it's not the same as the 'dolphin dive reflex' as it is often called. The dive reflex only works in cold water, so most swimming pools won't trigger it anyway. As explained in this article,
To return to the main point of this article: is it safe to immerse your baby in water? If your baby is fit, healthy and well then the answer is probably yes, but since the true dive reflex is triggered by very cold water and leads to a drop in your baby’s heart beat, I cannot see why anyone would want to rely on this.
In other words, make sure you find a reputable swim instructor if you intend to have your infant learn to swim.
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