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Swimming with 5 week old

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Trace38 Wed 06-Jan-16 15:13:39

Hi we are due to take our dd to a baby class in the swimming pool today but she sounds bubbly when she's breathing as I breastfeed. I'm worried she might be a bit chesty with a bit of a cold. Should I still take her? First time mum here!

ODog Wed 06-Jan-16 21:20:52

Trust your instincts here. My DS is older now (19mo) but I have always taken him swimming with a cold if he is well in himself from when he started lessons at 6mo (eg playing/eating normally). Just watch out for blue lips and/or other signs they are ready to finish (teacher should be able to advise) and get out early if need be with a warm towel and a nice big feed. Luckily DS is at an age where he just tells me he is done now!

Ellieboolou27 Thu 07-Jan-16 20:29:08

I would take a five week old swimming the chlorine is very strong and all those germs in a public pool, I'd wait till she has her first set of jabs and just have a nice warm bath with her, at 5 weeks it's a bit much for a newborn me thinks grin

Ellieboolou27 Thu 07-Jan-16 21:10:10

Meant would not! Sleep deprived mum of two lol

knaffedoff Thu 07-Jan-16 21:17:51

Many public pools won't admit before immunisation and ime babies often get cold quickly so at 5 wks 20 mins in the pool will be plenty, so it's going to be a huge faff getting changed etc !

MintSource Fri 08-Jan-16 09:39:33

Another one feeling 5 weeks is too little. I waited until after jabs.

But generally, I have and do take DS when he has a cold.

He had one of those neoprene full suits on when he started as tiny ones do get cold very fast, even in a warm pool.

CurlsLDN Fri 08-Jan-16 09:59:12

I agree with pp, 5 weeks is very very little. I took ds a few times within the first six months and each time it wasn't worth it! Hr got cold v quickly, was overwhelmed by the pool, and screamed all the time I was trying to dry and change him/myself.
Have a warm bath together in the comfort of your own home, you'll achieve a lot more in terms of bonding, her having a lovely time etc, but without all the hassle and the possibility of making a cold worse

Penfold007 Fri 08-Jan-16 10:16:05

Babies under six months should not swim in water less than 32 degrees C. You shouldn't go in a swimming pool until six weeks after giving birth, longer if you had stitches or c-section.
Follow your instinct and let baby's chest clear.

Trace38 Fri 08-Jan-16 13:37:48

Hi all, we didn't go and have rebooked onto the next term after Easter. Thanks for the advice!

knaffedoff Fri 08-Jan-16 23:36:01

Thanks for the update, enjoy swimming after Easter smile

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