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Why is it that newborns know not to breath underwater, while toddlers must be taught?


A dear friend of mine enrolled her child in swim lessons this past summer. Her child struggled (as did other classmates) when it came to holding their breath under water, with a lot of spitting and sputtering coming from most of the toddlers in the class. Yet, when her child was born, she had a water birth; where the newborn is literally birthed into a large tub of water where it knows instinctively NOT to breath the stuff. I am wondering where within the genetic memory this gets forgotten, and why? Thanks for playing along!

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Sasha Kim (Mama Kim 8) says

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    India Arnold (K9keystrokes) 4 years ago

    Wow, Kim! What a wonderfully clear answer. I will try to find the documentary on Demand! Thank you for sharing the information. HubHugs~

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    India Arnold (K9keystrokes) 4 years ago

    Okay, that makes sense to some degree. What happens during development that changes what we instinctively know as infants, to what we must learn as toddlers. Just seems odd that we forget this; from a survival point of view. Thanks for the comment!


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