Swimming in an indoor pool 5 weeks after birth for mom and baby.

Dawn - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 5 weeks old and I am wondering how long I should wait to take my baby swimming in an indoor pool? Is the chlorine bad for her skin? Also, how long after birth do I have to wait to go swimming? I am not sure since I had stitches.

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Rebekah - posted on 09/26/2009

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We went to FL when my daughter was 6 weeks old. Her pediatrician said the ocean and pool were fine as long as she stayed out of direct sunlight.

My doctor on the other hand had me come into the office for a check-up before allowing me into the pool or ocean. I had a serious tear with lots of stitches and they wanted to make sure I had healed completely before I got into an environment that might lead to infections. Thankfully, I got the all-clear and was able to swim!

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Yve - posted on 09/26/2009

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I have been told that to take my sone to a public pool he'll need his first vaccinations (done at 8 weeks old). he is 9 weeks now and we are going swimming tomorow :D

Krista - posted on 09/26/2009

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Mommy and me swimming lessons are open for mothers with children as young as 4 months... but it really never hurts to check with your doctor... you can never be too careful with a newborn's health :)

Jessica - posted on 09/26/2009

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I was told to wait until my 6 week check-up to go swimming (sucked since it was August!) For a public pool I would wait a couple of months, but a private pool I wouldn't wait as long. But I would definitely bathe her as soon as you are done.

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I would wait until 6 weeks for you (I did), as for the baby, it's recommended that you wait until they are 6 months, because of the germs that are in pools. But if it is a private pool then that's not as big of an issue. With the chlorine, you would need to bath her as soon as you were done, so it doesn't dry her skin out, and then, I would put some sorberline cream on (that's what we do for my son after his swimming lesson).

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