TIP of the WEEK: Swimming Safety

June 26, 2015

Latham Centers

Swimming is an excellent, whole body exercise but some caution is necessary with the person with PWS.
1. Use eyes on supervision. Stamina and energy are often compromised in people with PWS. They may have the motivation to swim to the middle of the lake but may not have the stamina to swim back to shore.
2. Watch skin integrity. Sun and chemical exposure can dry out the skin causing it to crack and cause discomfort. And we all know that itchy, uncomfortable skin is more likely to be scratched and picked. Always use sun screen before going outside and lotion when you come in.
3. Stay hydrated. Heat, sun, and activity cause the body to lose fluids. Replace those fluids throughout the day.
Swimming is one of the best exercises and should be encouraged as long as safety comes first.
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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