Most people might consider it a crazy thought of putting toddlers and babies into the pool while they don’t even know how to walk properly. But still, there are millions of parents out there who understand this good enough that learning to swim in early childhood comes up with great benefits for their little ones. Swimming in early childhood improves and speeds up the child’s physical and mental development.

Enhanced Appetite

Even adults feel a drop in their energy level after spending time in the pool. So those parents who are always complaining that their child is not taking the diet as required by his age, giving their children swimming lessons will be a great solution for them. Children are likely to improve their appetite after receiving swimming lessons as it burns a lot of calories. It has been observed that children who start to swim at an early age tend to eat more and have a perfect appetite as compared to those who don’t swim.

Stronger Muscles

Swimming at an early age is a great way to build up stronger and flexible muscles and joints in babies and toddlers. Stronger muscles are developed during the swimming when the child uses them to move his arms, legs, and to hold his head upright.

Strengthen muscles prevents falls and gives support to the baby’s body and a strong core allows the toddler’s body to function properly. Swimming helps train muscles present in children’s abdomen, lower back, hips, and pelvis to work together thus maintaining balance and stability in the body

Increased Rate of Developmental Milestones

The Griffin Institute of Educational Research studied the impact of swimming on the growth of a child. They studied 7000 children receiving their swimming classes regularly (ranging from 6 months to five years of age). After three years of research, they came up with a conclusion that the rate of the developmental milestone in those children who starts their swimming lessons at an early age was 20 months ahead form those who weren’t receiving the swimming classes.

These kids begin to show an increased rate of milestone development at an early age for example, they can differentiate and tells the names of different shapes and characters, they can learn and speak their native language early than the average children and they are quick at solving complex problems.

Boosts up Coordination and Balance

A study of 2003 revealed that swimming is the source of building coordination and balance in the children. Swimming trains the child’s complex muscles and body parts to work efficiently together with collaboration to the brain. Because after all, it’s not easy for a toddler or a baby to move his legs and arms at the same time.

Upgrade Cognitive Development

Swimming in early childhood improves cognitive development in children. It enhances and increases the development rate of verbal skills, oral skills, reading, and problem-solving abilities. The research made by griffin institute revealed that the toddlers who start swimming at an early age are 11 months ahead in verbal skills than other kids, six months ahead in math skill, two months ahead in literacy skills, 17 months ahead in memory and recalling abilities and 20 months ahead in understanding directions.

Builds Confidence

swimming has also been a cause to build and improve confidence, stamina, and self-esteem in children. In toddlers. The children who have been trained to swim at an early age tend to develop a familiar bond with water which gives them the confidence to dive in the pool without any hesitation. While the children who are not familiar with the pool and water at an early age are more likely to develop a strange fear from the touch of water.

Improves Social Interaction

Introduction to swimming form an early age makes the children more socially active and interactive. They become more active in extracurricular activities and they are often more friendly and amiable with other kids.

Reduces the Risk of drowning

Almost 350 children below the age of 5 die every year, and the cause is drowning. Giving the swimming lessons to infants and toddlers reduces or eliminates the risk of child drowning. A baby who is even trained to make himself float can be saved form such accidents.

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Dr. Ayesha Saeed is PhD in Biochemistry. She has been serving as a lecturer in different colleges for last 7 years. Currently, she is vice-principal in a privately owned medical college. She recently joined biomadam as a volunteer writer to share her knowledge through our platform.

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