From The Womb To The Pool
Ever wonder why infants know how to swim? Truth is, they actually do not know how to swim. Some of you may be asking why infants can handle being submerged in water for nine months, but not know how to swim in a pool. Well, it is scientifically not the same thing. If an infant straight out of the womb were to be thrown into a pool of water, their natural born reflexes would try everything in their power to prevent them from drowning, lasting for a very short period of time until their body physically can not withhold any longer.
The Bradycardia Response is the reflex that infants and children have that only aids them in being able to help them hold their breath and move through water for small periods of time. Babies are not old enough, nor strong enough to hold their breath and head intentionally above water.
The reflex instinctively allows them to do so, starting at infancy to roughly six months of age. Comparative to an animal, it is the same thing, with a different term. If you were to take a puppy and throw it into a pool or ocean of water, their natural-born reflexes will allow them to paddle around, maximizing their respiration for short periods of time, and that is called the diving reflex, but that reflex can only hold up for so long.
Now that babies not actually knowing how to swim is thoroughly explained, there are solutions to situations that may scare you the most. If a child is near a pool, the chances of them stumbling in is so high and likely, as they do not know better than to stay away from a pool of water. The solution to this problem is to sign all infants up for the baby swimming survival classes in your local city. Even if you do not have a pool, your child may be at the house of a friend who does, a birthday party, or at a care center with an underground pool.
What a child will learn at a swimming survival course is how to roll onto their back, breathe, and hold position until help arrives. Every child has their own personal developmental readiness, so what may take a child an hour to learn, another child may learn in twenty minutes.
Either way, that is the perfect solution. If your child is too young for the classes, still sign them up for swimming lessons no matter how young they are. Getting a child used to the water will build muscle and get them used to using their own limbs to hold up their body weight.
Whether your child is a human, or your pet is your child, swimming lessons are always accessible and can help benefit any situation. Remaining safer than sorry is so much more helpful in the long run.
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