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Can an infant be allowed in pool of water? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:i have a pre-term baby now hez 4+ months old i would like to know when can allow my son in a small water pool
User:i mean to say bring a big tub and fill with water and hold him in water carefully and alllow him to play
Doctor:But is there any reason for entering the water pool?
Doctor:A baby can enter a water tub, if he/she can sit in it.
Doctor:At 4 months of age, when the baby is still yet to sit, it would not be safe to enter the tub.
Doctor:I do not have any other gross medical reasons to say no to that.
User:i was checkig in internet on infant swimming so a just checking with you
User:holding him very carefully and allow him to play in water
Doctor: I would not want to allow the baby into a water tub for medical reasons. I am only concerned with the safety.
Doctor:If your son is able to hold his neck, then with very careful parental guidance, he can be let to plan in the water.
Doctor:But to be very safe, I would recommend you to wait for a few more days until he can sit either with support or by himself.
User:now hez almost able to hold his neck probably i wil bring those large swimming pools after a 2 months and then with carefully i can introduce him to water
Doctor:Once your son is able to sit with support, you can get him his first bath tub.
Doctor:I think that would take another couple of months.
User:now hez given warm/hot water bath everyday, just wanted to know when can we make him feel just the normal water
Doctor:I think by 8-10 months of age, your son should be able to tolerate less warm water.
Doctor:As we are warm blooded individuals, tolerance to cold develops only with time, when all his body hormones and neurological system kick ups its action.
Doctor:Till then you need to continue hot/luke warm wter bathes.
User:k thank you nice talking those were my question for now
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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