Swimming After Chickenpox: A Guide for Parents

June 13, 2023

Swimming After Chickenpox: A Guide for Parents

Hello parents and caregivers! I'm Lynsey, the proud owner and expert instructor at the Online Swim School. Today, I want to delve into an important topic that often triggers concern among parents – is it safe to take your child swimming after they've had chickenpox? I'm here to share some expert advice on this matter, so let's dive right in!

Chickenpox is a common childhood illness characterized by an itchy, blister-like rash. The good news is that once these blisters have completely scabbed over, your child is no longer contagious, marking the start of the healing process. But the question that hovers is - when it comes to swimming after chickenpox, what are the factors that we need to consider?

Before we begin, it's crucial to address this important point: If your child is currently suffering from chickenpox, it is not safe to take them swimming. When the chickenpox rash is active, your child is contagious and can easily spread the virus to others, especially in a communal environment like a public pool. Additionally, the water and chemicals in the pool may cause discomfort or exacerbate the itching associated with chickenpox. It's best to let your child rest and recover fully before returning to swimming activities. Your child's health and the health of those around them should always come first.

The Physical Condition of Your Child

First and foremost, we need to consider the physical readiness of your child. Each child is unique and recovery times from illnesses like chickenpox vary. Some kids spring back with incredible energy while others may need a bit more time to regain their strength. Swimming is a wonderful physical activity, but it should only be resumed when your child feels physically prepared. If they're still feeling under the weather or weak, it's best to delay their return to the water until they're back at full strength.

The Stage of the Blisters

Another key consideration is the state of the chickenpox blisters. Even when your child is no longer contagious - which happens once the blisters have fully scabbed over - it's crucial to wait until all scabs have naturally fallen off before diving into public pools. The reason for this is twofold. First, the chlorine in public swimming pools can be harsh on sensitive, healing skin, potentially causing discomfort or impeding the healing process.

Secondly, we need to be considerate of other swimmers' perceptions and comfort. Even though your child isn't contagious at this point, it's crucial to respect the feelings and concerns of others sharing the pool.

Considering Others

This aspect deserves emphasis: taking into account the feelings of other swimmers is part of our commitment to fostering a joyful and relaxed swimming environment for all. Even when your child is no longer contagious, visible healing chickenpox can unsettle others. When using public swimming facilities, it's always best to be cautious and prioritize the comfort of other pool users.

In conclusion, it's typically safe for your child to swim after they've had chickenpox, provided all their blisters have scabbed over, and they're feeling physically ready. However, if you're planning to use a public pool, remember to be mindful of others' comfort and concerns. And, as always, when in doubt, consult your GP.

Now, if your child is eager to get back in the water, or if you're just starting out on your swimming journey, why not check out our online swimming classes at the Online Swim School? We offer expertly designed courses suitable for newborns up to 5-year-olds. Our classes provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to teach your child how to swim, whether at your local pool or while on holiday.

Join us at the Online Swim School and foster a love for swimming in your child, teaching them a life skill that's not just fun, but also vital for their safety. We believe that swimming is a journey to be cherished, and we're here to make it a memorable one for you and your child.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into our array of online classes today and let the journey begin. Stay safe, have fun, and I hope to see you soon!


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