FAQ: Can Children Eat Before Swimming Lessons?
Frequently Asked Questions: “Can Children Eat Before Swimming Lessons?”
Many people remember the advice that you shouldn’t eat before swimming but are unsure if this is true.
We would recommend that you treat your swimming lessons like any other prolonged physical activity, and leave at least an hour between eating anything substantial and the start of your lesson (45 mins for fluid/milk), this should help avoid cramping. Light meals or snacks are okay.
If you are attending a Parent & Baby swimming lesson this is more important because the child is likely to burp as they get used to going under the water. So avoid feedings for an hour before the class.
Ultimately it is up to you to know your babies requirements and digestive needs, and to try and strike the right balance to avoid burping up anything or vomiting in the water.
After the lesson your children will have used a lot of energy and are likely to be hungry, so keeping snacks handy is often a good idea. Although please note that no food or drink should be consumed on the poolside (other than water or baby milk).