Baby water safety
By Ella Walsh
It can be great fun swimming with your baby, but before you get wet consider the following:
- Is the water clean and safe? All babies will inevitably swallow a little water when they swim so you need to make sure that the water is clean and safe to drink. If you are using a paddle pool (where the water can sit unfiltered for some time) consider using fresh water each time you swim.
- Is the water warm enough for my child? Babies can't regulate their temperature in the same way as older children can so they can become too cold or hot in water that isn't the right temperature.
- Will my child be adequately supervised while she is in the water? If you take your baby into water, you must be in physical contact with her at all times. Your baby has no ability to save herself so you must be able to lift your baby out of the pool at all times.
- Can your baby share the pool with other users? Because of the temperature change and the fact that in water your baby will relax, it is possible that your baby may wee or poo in the water. Make sure that she is wearing an appropriate swimming nappy and consider keeping her out of the water if she has been recently ill - an infection can be easily passed on through water if it is swallowed.
No baby, even those who enjoy being in water, can keep herself safe from drowning.