February 28, 2008,
T.C. asks from Albuquerque, NM on February 27, 2008
Newborn in Pool
My family and I are going on vacation in a few weeks. I love to get in the pool and hot tub but was unsure if it is safe to put my 3 month old in clorine water yet. I will be able to regulate the temperature in the pool and hot tub to make sure it is not too hot but I was concerened with the clorine being safe for her skin. If anyone knows the answer to this or where I might find the answer i would greatly appreciate it.
So What Happened?™
Alright since i was getting mixed opinions on this topic I decided to just go ahead and call my pediatrician. I was told that she is old enough to get in the pool. Since I will be in my Grandmothers pool, not public, she said that is even better because the chloirne levels aren't as high in personal pools. Most sunscreens are for babies 6 months and older but the Dr. feels she does need sunscreen so I need to find either an organic one or she also said Aveeno baby sunscreen is for under 6 months of age. She also said to try and keep a hat on her and light clothing to keep the sun off her for extra protection. I did ask her about the hot tub and she said as long as there are no bubbles and it is not higher then 94 degrees I could probably put her in it but be very careful. I am not too sure if I will put her in the warm water but I will definently try out the pool. Thanks for eveyones suggestions and comments.
K.F. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
I don't know what the doctors would say, but I put my daughter in the pool when she was 3 months old. She was just fine, other than the fact that she didn't really like it. She didn't really start enjoying the pool until she was closer to 1 year. But I think it's safe to take a baby in the pool. Have a great vacation!
A.L. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
I don't know the technical answer, but I can say that both my children were in pools before they were three months old. My youngest was in the pool frequently by that age.
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F.G. answers from Phoenix on February 27, 2008
K.L. answers from Albuquerque on February 28, 2008
We started taking our daughter in the pool when she was about 2 months old. We made sure to keep her ears out of the water, to not let her head get too wet, and to take her out after no more than 10 minutes or so because she would get cold quickly. We always brought a hat and big towel to get her warmed up right away, and then put lotion on her after swimming. She had really dry skin when she was a small baby (we live in a dry area), but Eucerin lotion has helped that a lot. I hope you enjoy many fun days of swimming with your daughter!
S.W. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
T., My husband and I build pools and we advise against chlorine systems, because there are lots of studies that indicate some serious issues.
Just remember whatever goes on the skin is absorbed in the blood stream. In addition to absorbing the chlorine through your skin in a swimming pool, breathing it is also not good for those little respiratory systems. If it is your own pool, I recommend putting in either a salt water chlorinator or some other alternative sanitizing system. If it's just on vacation, then I recommend limiting the time you are in there iwth your daughter, and look for any signs of distress or labored breathing. I'm not a medical professional or scientist, but this is certainly my recommendation based on the studies I have seen.
A.J. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
rinse rinse rinse and repeat. anytime anyone goes in the pool you should always take a showr afterwards to get all the chemicals off. Don't let her drink the water -i know you know that but had to put it ;) and then after the bath/shower just put a good moisturizer on her. and watch her skin to ensure that she doesn't have a reaction.
Happy Swimming & enjoy your vacation!
D.L. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
Hi Tiffany, this response comes all the way from New Zealand. I am living here with my NZ hubby, but have lived in Phoenix and have family there so I am in the mamasource circle.
I am was a Red Cross Water safety instructor and needed to respond to your question.
It is absolutely NOT safe to put your child in the hot tub! Children below the age of about 4 are not able to regulate their body temperature as their system are not as delveloped as an adults. The problems that could develop could require emergency room intervention as serious problems can arise. As for a swim in the pool, that is not a problem. Make sure that the time is very limited that is under 30 minutes, you need to hold the baby so that you can see its' mouth and nose and know it is not submerged. Infant & parent swim programs are available, but I don't think they start until the age of 6 mos. Contacvt the YMCA or your local cahpter of the Red Cross.Spending time in the water safely with your children can be a wonderful bonding time for you both Regards, Debra
K.S. answers from Phoenix on February 28, 2008
we had our son in the pool early!! Our doc said no sunscreen before 6mos though.....have fun
R.W. answers from Tucson on February 28, 2008
Putting your 3 month old in the chlorinated water is just fine in my opinion as long as you bathe her when she is done being in the pool for the day. Getting all the chlorine rinsed away is the key to avoiding any skin irritations. A little moisturizing lotion following the bath wouldn't hurt either.
Don't forget to use an organic sunscreen on her while she is exposed to the sun's harmful rays, and a hat is always a good idea for both of you. Keep the water out of her mouth, and ears. Just as a precautionary measure, clean the wax out of her ears prior to getting in the pool. If any water happens to get into her ears, at least you will know that it won't get trapped behind some ear wax and ultimately cause an infection.
I guess the hot tub may not be such a good idea though at this young age.
Have fun and enjoy your get away!
J.C. answers from Phoenix on February 27, 2008
We put our daughter in the pool at about two months old. Our pediatrician said it was okay, but to not stay in too long because she was still too young to wear sunscreen. That was his only concern. We also rinsed her off well after getting out. I definitely would not do the spa! My daughter didn't even like the pool her first summer, so the time she spent in the pool was very limited. Have fun!