Milestone Mondays! – Swimming!

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I wanted to add a summer-related post, so I wanted to review some of the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and a recent news article.

This article came out a few weeks ago:

Water babies! Would you let your tot try this survival swimming program?

A new type of swimming instruction called ISR, Infant Swimming Resource, trains babies — in small, 10-minute spurts — how to survive in water by trusting their own buoyancy.

From the company’s website:

Generally speaking, children ages 6 months to 1 year learn the ISR Self-Rescue™ skill of rolling onto their backs to float, rest and breathe. They learn to maintain this position until help arrives.

I’m not a fan of the class as a way to help a child survive if they fall in the water, but I think the class is an interesting way to help a child 6-12 months old get use to being in and submerged under water.


With that, here are the guidelines from the AAP regarding water safety:

In the new policy, the AAP reinforces its existing recommendation that most children age 4 and older should learn to swim, but the AAP is now more open toward classes for younger children. In the past, the AAP advised against swimming lessons for children ages 1 to 3 because there was little evidence that lessons prevented drowning or resulted in better swim skills, and there was a concern parents would become less vigilant about supervising a child who had learned some swimming skills.
  • But new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.
  • The studies are small, and they don’t define what type of lessons work best, so the AAP is not recommending mandatory swim lessons for all children ages 1 to 4 at this time.
  • New guidance recommends that parents should decide whether to enroll an individual child in swim lessons based on the child’s frequency of exposure to water, emotional development, physical abilities, and certain health concerns related to pool water infections and pool chemicals.
  • The AAP does not recommend formal water safety programs for children younger than 1 year of age. The water-survival skills programs for infants may make compelling videos for the Internet, but no scientific study has yet demonstrated these classes are effective, the policy states.
  • There are additional recommendations/guidelines here: Drowning Prevention

Here is a link to the AAP revised policy on swimming programs for infants and toddlers.


The American Academy of Pediatrics also has guidelines for Sun and Water safety, and I just wanted to highlight the rules for exercising in the sun as well:

  • The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat or humidity reach critical levels.
  • At the beginning of a strenuous exercise program or after traveling to a warmer climate, the intensity and duration of outdoor activities should start low and then gradually increase over 7 to 14 days to acclimatize to the heat, particularly if it is very humid.
  • Before outdoor physical activities, children should drink freely and should not feel thirsty.
  • During activities less than one hour, water alone is fine. Kids should always have water or a sports drink available and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.
  • Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.
  • Practices and games played in the heat should be shortened and there should be more frequent water/hydration breaks. Children should promptly move to cooler environments if they feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous.

Here’s a video from another company that also does swim training beginning with infants:

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