Chlorine? Does swimming affect your child with PDD-NOS?

Heather - posted on 09/21/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone,

First, I would just like to thank all of you for your support, understanding and help.

I have a 5 year old son who I recently started to take swimming. For the most part, he cannot stand still in the pool. He really likes it and stays with the teacher but he seems excited. He also seems more difficult the last few days. He doesn't want to listen. Can the chlorine affect him? I had a friend who said her son was affected by it (he has PDD-NOS as well). I would like to add that my son seemed fine after he got out of the pool and home, am I overreacting or just expecting too much from a 5 year old? Thank you! Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sincerely,

Heather

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Jessica - posted on 09/21/2010

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Hi Heather,
My son is nine and was diagnosed with autism-ppd/nos at the age of 18 months. He loves the water. Neither chlorine or salt water seem to have any negative effects on him. Actually after spending time at either the pool or beach seems to calm him. Afterwards, he's usually ready for a bath and then a nap or bedtime depending on the time of day. I have read articles which state that water seems to have a calming effect on children with autism. I use to be afraid because my son didn't know how to swim but gradually he has been practicing and can now swim from one side of the pool to the other. I have also heard that there are specialty swim classes for children with special needs. Not sure if that is something you might want to look into for your son or even if there are any available in your area but it might be worth a shot. Good Luck!

Jessica

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Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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Hi Heather,

The cold syrup could very well be the culprit. Whenever my son has a cold and we give him any kind of cold medicine he becomes even more active than before. One minute he may be lethargic because of the cold and then after we give him the cold medicine he's jumping all over the place.

Jessica

Heather - posted on 09/22/2010

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Thanks Jessica! This has only been the last couple of days. I am thinking that it could be his cold medicine (he has a cold) because there is sucrose in it but no dye. I have only been giving it to him and the behaviour seems to have come with it. I am not going to give it to him and see if it improves.

He does sleep much better ... not just that day but all week! :)

Thanks! :) Heather

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