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Infant/Toddler: Seeing the Dentist During Pregnancy

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM by Ashley Bossell in Healthy Habits, in New Moms,, in Parenting Tips, in Health, in Child Health

Ashley Bossell continues advice for new-parents following her article
Infant/Toddler: Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth

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Infant/Toddler: Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM by Ashley Bossell in Infants, in Toddlers, in Parent Tot Classes, in Healthy Habits, in Parenting Tips, in Child Health

Infant/Toddler: Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth

Children's health doesn't stop at the pool. Here is some information to take care of one of Swimtastic's favorite aspects of our students: their smiles. Dental decay, or cavities, is the most prevalent childhood disease and can begin as soon as the first tooth starts to erupt. If decay isn’t treated it can destroy the tooth possibly leading to infection or even damage to the permanent tooth developing beyond it. Decay happens when the tooth is in contact with sugary liquids and foods. Every time the tooth comes into contact with sugar there is an acid attack on the tooth. The more often the tooth is attacked the weaker it becomes. When teeth are in constant contact with sugary liquids, such as sucking on a pacifier that has been dipped in honey or sugar, the teeth are under constant attacks and decay can happen much faster. Try not to clean baby’s pacifier with your own mouth as you could pass decay causing bacteria. Children also shouldn’t be allowed to constantly suck on a bottle or sippy cup with sugary drinks such as juice, soda, and even milk! Only put little ones to bed with bottles or cups if they have water in them instead.

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Overcoming Fear of Water in Swim Lessons: "But There's an Octopus in the Pool!"

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 12:52:54 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Sports, in safety, in Child Health

This week’s blog is contributed by Lauren, a professional swim instructor at our Lincoln, Nebraska Swimtastic Swim School.

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Summer Water Safety Tips

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 2:58:47 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Travel, in safety, in Child Health

Now that summer is in full swing that means more time at the beach and pools! Whether your family has an exciting vacation planned, or simply day trips to the beach, water safety is highly important for swimmers of any age. Make sure your little ones are ready to hit the water, and educated on basic water safety tips.

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Preparing for Summer Vacation

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 1:36:23 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Travel, in safety, in Child Health

This week's featured blog is provided by Michelle Posey, General Manager of Swimtastic Swim School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and "Super Mom" of eight wonderful children.

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Helping Your Child Overcome Fear of Water

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 2:37:15 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Sports, in Fears, in safety, in Child Health

While learning how to swim is an important skill, especially for young children, it can often prove to be more difficult for some individuals. Fear can delay or altogether prevent children from learning this life-saving skill, in addition to causing further stress and anxiety if not handled properly. At Swimtastic, we understand how fragile the experience of learning to swim can be to some children. Acknowledging that each child is an individual with different emotional needs, we cater each lesson to helping every student advance and overcome their fears at their own pace.

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How Long Should You Keep Your Child in Swim Lessons?

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 2:12:24 PM by Kayla Blantz in Swimming, in Sports, in safety, in Child Health

Knowing that your child is safe in and around the water is a priority for many parents, and swim lessons become a common part of many childhoods to fulfill this need. But how long should children stay in lessons?

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Jumping into the Deep End of Life: Swim Lessons & Childhood Development

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 3:07:31 PM by Admin in Swimming, in Family Activites, in social skills, in Sports, in parenting, in Child Health, in Confident Kids, in Development, in Fun, in self esteem

Jumping into the Deep End of Life: Swim lessons as a way to maximize childhood development

Mommy blogs, dad blogs, parent blogs, parent boards on Pinterest, books, seminars, workshops – everywhere you turn, resources for being the best parent you can possibly be are vying for your attention. They offer help and encouragement to create a super kid who will handle every challenge with grace and ease. But, asks that little voice in your head, what if you take the wrong advice? What if you don’t follow enough advice? What if you don’t participate in enough activities or the right activities?

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Baby Swimming Lessons : How Young Can I Start?

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 12:37:14 AM by Admin in Swimming, in Sports, in Child Health

Did you know children can start swim lessons as young as six months old? In fact, this is the perfect time to introduce your little ones to the water. There are quite a few advantages to begin swimming before a child even learns to crawl. These include:

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Health Benefits of Swimming: Children & Adults

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 1:34:09 AM by Admin in Swimming, in Sports, in Child Health

One thing that most children don’t realize, that parents can take comfort in knowing, is that swimming is great for their children’s health. While their little ones are enjoying time in the pool, they are also performing an act that has numerous health benefits. The same goes for adults as well. Swimming is often regarded as one of the best exercises for the entire body. Here are some of the reasons why:

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