Is my Child Too Sick to Swim?

sleeping childIt’s that time of year again! The season of coughs and colds, flus and fevers. The season parents find themselves asking, “Is my child too sick for swim lessons?” Sometimes the answer is simple – your kiddo has a fever or diarrhea (STAY HOME!) but sometimes it’s a little trickier.

Here are a few symptoms that should keep your child out of the water:

Fever, Vomiting or Diarrhea

Follow the 24 hour rule: Any instance of fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours means your child is too sick for class. Not only is it better for your child, it helps keep our pool water clean for everyone.

Bad cough or severe congestion

Coughs and mucus expose classmates and teachers to germs, and stuffy noses make it hard for kids to breathe during swim lessons. If your child has a drippy nose or severe cough, it’s best to stay home.

Pain or exhaustion

When your child feels crummy, they don’t enjoy or benefit from swim lessons. If your child is in pain (sore throat, headache, etc) or just plain tired, it’s a good idea to let them stay home and rest.

If you’re still unsure about whether your child should stay home from lessons, feel free to give us a call, or get advice from your doctor. If in doubt, it’s always better to stay home and let your child rest and recover.