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    Kines 199 Spring 2019

Can New Born Babies Swim?

This article written by Lori A. Selke talks about the often asked question "Can babies really swim". According to the article newborns are not able to swim alone, but they do possess two reflexes that simulate swimming, which could make it appear that the baby is swimming. These two reflexes have also been mentioned in material that we are learning in chapter 6 about early motor development of humans. These two reflexes fall under the Locomotor reflex category and are called the swimming reflex and the diving reflex, also called the bradycardic response. The article also adds that although these babies reflexes aid in swimming it is important to help your baby swim because they cannot do it independently, also because a newborn has a small body mass, one is more vulnerable to the effects of water intoxication, also known as "hyponatremia."

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I think that this is a very important topic! It is good to do more research on infants abilities to swim in order to not only learn about their reflexes but also to educate parents so that they are as safe as possible with their children. One... more »I think that this is a very important topic! It is good to do more research on infants abilities to swim in order to not only learn about their reflexes but also to educate parents so that they are as safe as possible with their children. One question that this brings to mind is if this reflex differs among different countries and cultures based on their own beliefs of the abilities of infants. 02-07-2019 10:10am

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