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Why is My Child Afraid of water? 

Does your child cry in the bathtub or meltdown when getting close to the pool? If so, you are not alone. It is very common for young children to develop a fear of the water or react when they are in or around it. Here are some reasons why and what you can do about it:


  1. Lack of experience New and unknown experiences can be scary for a young child. They may feel a sense of uncertainty or loss of control when in and around water. 

  2. A bad personal experience Something as simple as a child getting water up their nose, swallowing it, or falling into a pool can cause anxiety, fear, water fear or worse water trauma.    

  3. Observation Are you or one of your loved ones afraid of water? If so, chances are your child is reacting from what they have observed.  

What can you do?


  1. Support your child- Don’t lose hope! These experiences will come with age and practice!    

  2. Give them positive experiences in the water and remain patient. You can start in the bathtub! If pouring water on their face upsets them, then back off and pour it on their legs and chest until they get comfortable. You can help them create positive experiences and memories around water through singing songs, playing games, and having fun. Check out our other blog posts for ideas!

  3. Get your child swim lessons. The fastest way to get them in the water, teach them water safety, and how to swim is to start them in lessons. You can start as early as six months of age. Contact us now to check our availability!

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