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    Default Swimming lessons & Eczema

    DS has Eczema which we have under very good control now we've worked out what treatments work for him. Now with him being 7 months and the weather warming I've been wanting to start him in swimming lessons. The problem is quite obvious, which is chlorine in the pools. Chlorine is definitely something that flares him up.

    I've heard some people talk of barrier creams prescribed by doctors and after some googling originally looking for salt water swimming schools, I have found there is another alternative. They have chlorine free pools that are treated with ultra violet light.

    What I'm asking is, what did people do for their children with eczema when it came to swimming lessons? If it helps we live in Sydney's western suburbs.

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    I decided that when he was a baby/toddler and his eczema was really bad, it really wasn't necessary that he did swimming lessons. If chlorine flares him up OP, it's just not worth it... I mean really what is he going to learn at swimming lessons at 7 months old? Not a lot.

    When my DS was a preschooler and I decided he really needed to start learning to swim, I would use a barrier cream (I use Dermeze now) on his rashy bits before getting in the water, then he would have a shower straight after, then steroid cream then more Dermeze.

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    I just didnt do swimming lessons at that age.

    sorry - I am not that helpful

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    My DD doesn't suffer eczema but I am paranoid at all the chlorine she swims in. What I do is slather her in a homemade lotion that I added vitamin c to and spray her with a vitamin c spray after her swim. I just bought ascorbic acid off eBay and did it all myself. What vitamin c does is neutralise the chlorine and it does an amazing job. I even wash her swimmers with a teaspoon of it and I can never smell the chlorine like I usually can.
    Just a thought anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I decided that when he was a baby/toddler and his eczema was really bad, it really wasn't necessary that he did swimming lessons. If chlorine flares him up OP, it's just not worth it... I mean really what is he going to learn at swimming lessons at 7 months old? Not a lot.

    When my DS was a preschooler and I decided he really needed to start learning to swim, I would use a barrier cream (I use Dermeze now) on his rashy bits before getting in the water, then he would have a shower straight after, then steroid cream then more Dermeze.
    Sorry to be really annoying but a 7 month old can learn a lot from swimming lessons...someone once said to me, no one has died from eczema but too many kids die from drowning. If her child continues to have eczema she can't realistically keep her child out of swimming lessons for their whole life.

    OP talk to a specialist or a nurse practitioner about options. Lots of lathering in dermeze before and after swimming. If there is a big flare up then have a week off.

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    We shower immediately after swimming (at the pool) which really helps. DS2 is now 14 months and his eczema has settled down a bit too.

    We started him in lessons at a younger age than his big brother and the difference is incredible. It's well worth it for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    Sorry to be really annoying but a 7 month old can learn a lot from swimming lessons...someone once said to me, no one has died from eczema but too many kids die from drowning. If her child continues to have eczema she can't realistically keep her child out of swimming lessons for their whole life.
    I respectfully disagree. A 7 month old is not going to learn how to save itself from drowning.
    On the other hand, you could prevent a baby from enduring 24 hours a day of relentless itching.

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    We shower immediately after swimming (at the pool) which really helps. DS2 is now 14 months and his eczema has settled down a bit too.

    We started him in lessons at a younger age than his big brother and the difference is incredible. It's well worth it for us.

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    @CMF I appreciate where you are coming from, which is why I'm trying to find other options then chlorinated pools. Whilst I do not believe any skills learned will be life saving, I still believe that getting him in the water young will be beneficial. @moosey is correct in saying that I cannot keep him from a pool forever but I can however, do my best to find ways to lessen the impact. So I respectfully say, I'm not looking for advice on whether I should take him to lessons or not, but advice on methods to avoid flaring his eczema as much as possible whilst beginning him in the foundations of a potentially life saving skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I respectfully disagree. A 7 month old is not going to learn how to save itself from drowning.
    On the other hand, you could prevent a baby from enduring 24 hours a day of relentless itching.
    I agree. The only thing that will prevent a baby from drowning is completely 100% diligent supervision from adults, to never leave them unattended around any amount of water (including buckets of water outside that haven't been turned upside down, etc) - I would never trust my young child's swimming ability to save them from drowning. I must rely on my ability to supervise them carefully at all times.

    Subbing for ideas for my 4yo dd who gets severe eczema - I think she is at an age that swimming lessons will benefit her, but I don't want to put her through the pain of flaring up her eczema.


 

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