The baby’s body creates billions of new neurons when playing with water, which improves cognitive function, increases appetite.
Improve cognitive function
The movements in the style of crossing the two sides, using the opposite arm and leg simultaneously to perform an action, help the baby’s brain develop, optimize the brain’s ability to learn and communicate. These patterned movements build neurons throughout the brain, especially the corpus callosum (a wide band of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain). This facilitates communication, feedback, voice control functions; while improving children’s reading comprehension skills, language development, learning, and spatial awareness in the future.
When swimming, the baby moves his arms and kicks his feet. They perform these actions in the water, which means the brain is recording the sensation, the resistance of the water. Swimming is also a social experience that boosts brain power. A four-year study involving 7,000 children from Griffith University, Australia, showed that children who could swim had progress in physical and mental development compared to a control group.
Reduce the risk of drowning
Swimming can reduce the risk of drowning in children over 4 years old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), drowning is the leading cause of death in children and toddlers. Parents should let their children learn to swim early. The youngest babies can also be taught swimming skills, like floating on their own. However, even if the baby can swim, parents should still supervise the child at all times while in the water.
One study found that 4-year-olds who learned to swim at some point between the ages of two months and four years were better adapted to new situations, were more confident, and independent than those who could not swim. Similarly, another study demonstrated that early, year-round swimming lessons for preschoolers can boost children’s self-control, desire for success, self-esteem, and socializing.
Swimming helps promote the development and control of muscles when children are young. Children need to strengthen the muscles they need to hold their head up high and move their arms and legs in coordination with the rest of their body. The sport helps to improve muscle strength, good for the health of the heart, lungs, brain, blood vessels, and joints.
Improve coordination and balance
Along with building muscle, swimming can help your baby improve coordination and balance. Learning how to move your tiny hands and feet is not easy. Even small coordinated movements represent big strides in your baby’s development. In addition, a five-year study published in PubMed of the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that learning to swim can improve children’s behavior as they get older.
Swimming time consumes a lot of energy for babies. They operate in water, use their bodies in complex ways, and must stay warm. Therefore, children are more likely to fall asleep after learning to swim. Parents should give their children a short nap after training time or arrange their baby’s sleep schedule on swimming lessons.
All the physical activity in the water, the energy a child’s body needs to stay warm burns a lot of calories. Therefore, children will have more appetite after regular swimming time.
Parents should never leave young children and infants alone around water, such as a bathtub or swimming pool. For children under 4 years old, an adult must be within close enough distance to be able to touch them at all times.
Chau Vu (Follow Healthline)