Will our 6-month-old's skin be harmed if we take him into a chlorinated pool?
Swimming is a wonderful activity for baby
and parents alike. While prolonged exposure to chlorinated pool water can be drying, shorter swim times (30 minutes at a time) are usually well tolerated, even in babies with dry skin conditions. Rinse your baby
in plain water as soon as possible after swimming, and if he is prone to dry skin, quickly apply a moisturizer after the rinse. Don't forget sun protection: your baby's skin is very sensitive to the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 at least 30 minutes before going to the pool and every two hours if he will be outdoors for prolonged periods. Try and stake out a shady spot for resting in between swims, and have protective clothing and a hat on hand (if he will wear one). And one last reminder: Don't leave him unattended for even a second while at the pool. Enjoy yourselves!