Q: My child has epilepsy. I'm not sure if swimming is suitable for her though many have told me that it is a good form of exercise. What do you recommend?
Wee Yee Yee, Singapore
A: I suggest to check with your family doctor for clearance first. It will be advisable to go with someone who can manage the situation when the child has seizure. If you are going to the public pool, you can inform the lifeguard beforehand. If there is a seizure, ensure the face is above the water surface and wait till the seizure has stopped before getting out of the swimming pool. You may need medical attention to ensure no water was inhaled.
Coach Jeremy Tan, S.W.I.M Dad,
Club O.A.S.I.S and AUSTSWIM
certified Swim Educator