Every child, no matter their age or ability, should be able to access opportunities to swim.
Swimming is a great sensory experience for children with special needs. But it is not only an opportunity to have fun - being in the water can be a form of exercise and even therapy. From a hot tub and hydrotherapy pool to a swimming pool or trip to the beach, if your child has incontinence it is important that they wear incontinence swimwear that will help support them in the water and also make swimming a better stress free experience.
What do i need to know about swim nappies?
Normal swimwear gives no protection against accidents and an ordinary disposable nappy used on its own would soak up the water and weigh your baby down.
Swim nappies are designed to have the functionality to avoid any accidents your child in the water. Swim nappies usually have close-fitting legs and provide a snug waistband to keep any accidents contained. There are two main types of swim nappies:
Disposable swim nappies. Like normal swim nappies these come in packs and once used these can be thrown away, although these have an absorbent core they will not swell up in the water.
Reusable swim nappies. These are made from soft, stretchy bathing suit material, which allows water to escape but hopefully contains any solids. These usually take the form of usual swimwear and can be washed and reused.
Special needs swimwear ensures that your child can swim with confidence and dignity, avoiding any accidents whilst in the water. Unlike swim nappies for babies and toddlers, special needs swim nappies are not available to buy in supermarkets. However, online you will find that SpecialKids.Company offer a range of fashionable and functional incontinence swimwear for children with built-in special needs swim nappies, which will stop solid and semi-solid leaks.
Special Needs Swimwear for Girls
For girls, there is a selection of incontinence swimsuits, which are not only stylish yet practical. They come with a discreet built-in special needs swim nappy and are available for children age 3 to 16.
The Kes-Vir Halterneck Swimsuit is a vibrant, functional swimsuit, which has a built-in waterproof swim nappy.
The Kes-Vir Waterfall Swimsuit is equally stylish, however, it is cleverly designed for girls with limited limb movement. The swimsuit opens flat so that it can be wrapped around the body for secure and easy changing.
Both incontinence swimwear products are made with PU coated polyester and the material is UPF 50+ and chlorine resistant. They also have an adjustable waistband and elastic tape leg holes to ensure a snug fit, whilst keeping your child comfortable and protected.
Special Needs Swimwear for Boys
You can also find a selection of incontinence swimwear for boys age 3 to 16 at Specialkids.Company. Each product ensures comfort by having a fully adjustable waist and legs.
Kes-Vir Swim Shorties and Jellyfish Board Shorts are functional and fashionable. And for children who have low muscle tone and restricted limb movement, you will find Kes-Vir Swimwear Shorts a game changer. They are cleverly designed as wrap-around swimwear, which means that they fasten at the sides for easy changing and added comfort.
All of the Kes-Vir incontinence swimwear products are UPF 50+ and chlorine resistant with no piling fabric.
It is important that children who have incontinence issues feel happy, secure and confident in their swimwear. We provides functional, fashionable solutions that are so discreet - you wouldn’t even know that it’s special needs swimwear.
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Swimming is a fantastic inclusive activity to do with children with special needs. It’s a great sensory experience that is good fun and has positive benefits for both physical and mental health. It is also an activity that can be done all year round and doesn’t have to be weather dependent (depending on where you choose to swim!).