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Understanding Common Ear Infections

Most parents would agree that dealing with illnesses in children is one of the most stressful parts of being a mom or dad. If it’s not the common cold or a scraped knee from falling down, it seems like it’s a bellyache or a painful hangnail. And while every injury or illness that our little ones face is hard for us to see, ear pain seems to be one of the most acute types of pain that can really wreak havoc on children. There’s also a lot of confusion about ear infections and the question of whether or not swimming (or exposing a child’s ears to water period) might be responsible for ear infections. Given how common they are in infants and toddlers, we’re here to help you sort out the truths and the myths about this common childhood infection.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Change with Swim Lessons

You enrolled your child in swim class, finally having adjusted them to the activity and eased fears about the water. Soon, however, you face a different obstacle, change. How can you gauge your child's developmental readiness to handle changes to something routine as swimming lessons? A change in schedule, teacher, or level of swim class is bound to occur eventually, and can bring with it some pretty negative feelings with your children. The questions is this: how ready are you, as a parent, to deal with those changes?

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The Do's and Don'ts for Sick Children at Swim Lessons

 

With school coming back in session, chances are your child is going to come in contact with a sick classmate. Whether it's a case of the sniffles, or something more serious, it can be difficult to make the right call on sending your child to their much-anticipated swim lesson. Swimming is the most fun when everyone is healthy, and that means our students and instructors. It’s important to know as a parent when you can, and when you can't, bring your sick child to swimming lessons.

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Swimming Safety: Things to Remind Your Kids Before They Swim at a Friend's House

Swimming is a fun-filled activity for kids and brings families together! Splashing around in the pool is always fun, no matter your age. But unfortunate accidents happen; according to the American Red Cross, each year around 200 children drown in backyard pools. Pool safety is a priority to prevent tragedy and to ensure families and friends have fun while swimming. And that includes when children swim over at a friend’s house.

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Tips for a Safe Family Beach Vacation

 

Summer is coming and lots of families are planning a beach or lake vacation. There are so many positives to a beach getaway: fun in the sun, ice cream shops, water sports, games, fireworks, and lots of family memories. To keep things fun and to travel safe it’s a good idea to brush up on vacation safety tips before packing up the car and hitting the road.

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Cover Up! Sun Safety Tips

 

As you finalize plans for your family’s summer vacation, make sure you prepare for sun protection. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a miserable sunburn! Whether your plans include a beach vacation, summer camp, or long days at the park, don’t forget the sun safety tips shared here.

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FAQ: Swim Safety Devices and Apparel – Floaties and Water Wings are Dangerous

Considering using swim safety devices or apparel? Here’s a review of what to avoid versus what’s actually safe to use.

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4 Reasons to Start Your Baby in Swim Lessons Before The Age of 1

It’s not too early for baby swimming lessons. To foster healthy brain growth, development, bonding and life skills, start before age one.

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Safety Precautions You Should Take With Your Kids’ Favorite Pool Toys

From goggles to floaties, it’s important that you take the necessary safety precautions to make sure all pool toys are kid-ready and pool-safe!

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Keep Your Kids Happy & Healthy While Swimming

Keep your children happy and healthy while swimming! Here are some remedies for swimmer’s ear, dry hair and skin, and other common swim snafus.

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