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Friday, 15th December 2017

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WATERPROOF YOUR BABIES

...it's that time of year again

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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Last year in Australia 31 children aged five and under drowned. That’s bloody awful and it represents a 50 per cent increase on the previous survey. Government “solutions” such as enforced pool fencing have, predictably, only made the horrific statistic worse. 

A toddler’s fascination with water will never wane, gates regularly fail to shut properly, you can’t force the neighbours to be responsible and there’s water everywhere anyway.

Pool fencing has given parents a dangerously false feeling of security, there is always someone who will leave the gate open and there’s always a chair handy to reach the “child-proof” knob.

When a child who can’t swim falls in the water he/she automatically reaches skyward ensuring he/she will sink and any cry for help will go unheard. It’s a very silent death, but it can be avoided.

My concern has only ever been for the neighbours’ kids because all of my 11 kids have always been able to swim. They learnt to swim well before they could crawl. Actually they didn’t need to learn a bloody thing, they already knew how to swim before they were born.

You see, they had been under water holding their breath practically their entire life.

Waiting until a baby becomes a toddler before it is taught to swim is crazy because by then it has unlearnt the art of swimming. It has become accustomed to its new world of breathing out of water and it needs to re-learn what it once considered natural.

Babies are remarkable creatures and not as fragile as we think. Their bones are like flexible plastic, they are resistant to cold water, they can drink on their back, they can grip your finger with incredible strength requiring astonishing muscle coordination (a throwback to tree-dwelling antecedents who needed a strong grip on their mothers when escaping predators).

Jump in the pool with a new-born baby, it will surprise you, chasing bubbles with its eyes open, thoroughly enjoying its home turf. Even at 18 months it doesn’t need to learn butterfly or freestyle, it only needs to reach the side, from there it can reach the steps or call for help, it won’t drown.  

If you need to take a child to Laurie Lawrence to learn to swim, you’re too late, you’ve left it too long, the danger period has already passed.



Comments

I have a son, now well in his twenties, who when picked up from pre-school refused to use the gate in the safety fence. he and his mate, always climbed over the fence, laughing all the way.I have a grandson who climbs up the corners of rooms. Your way is the only way.

11 kids? No wonder you're broke!!!

I took my kids to Baby Swim classes from the age of 12 weeks and they have a reflex that causes them to hold their breath if you blow gently in their face. I recommend that all parents be taught how to do this properly by trained instructors. It is the parents who need to taught how to supervise their babies swimming. Both my boys were swimming before they walked.

Pool fences are about as effective as all the post 11 September security palaver for air travel. On the basis of the inconvenience the undiscerning and uncritical thinkers assume it must be doing good. Both classic examples of seeming not doing.

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Predictable!! Your alter ego said that yesterday! Bb

Would spraying them with butyl mastic do the trick?

Apparently the main reason pools are fenced is because sparkling clear blue green water is much more attractive to small children, they can see the floor of the pool and are unable to realise the depth whereas a dam is dark and murky and they cannot see what is liking underneath so less likely to enter.

It's not true that babies are born with the ability to swim, though they have reflexes that make it look like they are. However, looking at this YouTube certainly gives room to question babies and water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1ym8NxdyI

A reflex called the bradycardic response makes babies hold their breath and open their eyes when submerged in water, says Jeffrey Wagener, a pediatric pulmonologist in Colorado. (Parents can cause this same reaction by blowing in their baby's face, a response that disappears after about 6 months.

Also, until around 6 months, babies placed in water tummy down reflexively move their arms and legs in a swimming motion, which makes them look like natural swimmers.

that photo is so like babies are when they are permitted to learn at that age... they love it...

I could not agree more... being a career diver, I had my children meeting me at the bottom of the pool unassisted before they were 6 months old and they both kept their eyes open and made it back to the surface the very first time. within a day they could grab the side of the pool after being dropped into the water... they were basically swimming a long time before they could crawl...

Sarah Palin’s son Trig Palin uses family dog as a foot stool, she congratulates him in Facebook gaffe http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/sarah-palins-son-trig-palin-uses-family-dog-as-a-foot-stool-she-congratulates-him-in-facebook-gaffe/story-fngwib2y-1227173207347 I suppose it makes sense because, after all, Palin is as dumb as dog shit.

The stupidity of pool fences comes home very rapidly all within a shires day. Ponds, creeks and waterways (no matter how deep) - do not require a fence. Bathtubs do not require a fence.

Go now and have your dick cut off "jersey ghoul". Your dream will then come true.

I realise this shall reek of " Conspiracy Theorist Kevin " BUT read Karl Markz it is all spelled out by him, it is all part of the Communist plot to destroy society and bring down the existing Government. AND! This is what your New Progressives strive to achieve. It is design to turn the populous into dependant obedient sheep. I admit the LNP is lacking at present but the alternatives of Islamic or Communist Totalitarianism is far worse.

Dead right Kenny! As kids we played around dangerous water situations and some of the mob didn't know how to swim. We always respected the water because of that situation and no-one I knew ever drowned from not being careful. We were accountable to ourselves! Kids these days seem to be so messed up in their head, none seem to realise what is dangerous or otherwise. Not surprising considering the parents of today seem to have little understand what it takes to look after their children unless they've attended several seminars on child rearing!

I'm hearing you. I got told the same thing yet I didn't have to fence my small dam. Go figure. I assume you are in WA.

Train them to open the gate.