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QUESTION: Dear Dr David

Observation from my side : My 2 years, 7 months old son has a great Water affinity/liking. He likes to always play with water and would like to come near to water whenever he gets a chance.

Just for my curiosity, can this be linked to any genetic factors
or any other biological reason ?

Do all children of around this ages have the same liking
for water ?

Some inputs from my side :

I am not a Swimmer. I do not know Swimming.
My wife knows swimming.
My two sisters do not know swimming.
My brother in law and sister in law from wife's side know swimming.
My parents were not swimmers.
My Father in law knows swimming.

if you require any more data, i can provide you the same.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hi, Prashant,

I guess I look at stuff like this pretty simply:  some kids like water and some don't.  It is not a genetically determined trait, as far as I know.  I suspect that kids who have a good experience with water as infants tend to like it more and those who were troubled by their initial exposure, don't like it as much.

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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QUESTION: Dear Dr David

Thank you.

Still, the question remains, Can this be linked to any Genetic Factors ?.
My son has great affinity for water and because of this he has common cold many times, as he always wants to play with water and we had been to doctor for curing the common cold.

As you see with the data provided, a child inherits characteristics, behavior from his father, mother including grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts etc.

This is Genetics isn't it ?

Now as you see, from my side i.e. myself, my parents, my sisters do not swimming, but my wife, her parents, her brother, sister are good swimmers.

Can we say the my son has inherited the water affinity from my wife's side as they all are good swimmers ?

Now another question comes is all babies with 2years, 6months age do have the same water affinity /liking/fondness like my son ?. He has tremendous affinity for water.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Hi, Prashant,

Frankly and excuse my bluntness, this seems like a pretty lame question.  Can genetics play a role?  Probably, but who really cares?  It sounds like a lot of time has been wasted on discussing something that no one can prove one way or the other.  

Good luck, Dr. Olson


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I would be happy to attempt to answer any questions about general pediatric topics, either medical issues or behavioral issues. This would include all the various questions one receives in a busy pediatric practice. I`m a board certified pediatrician in northern Michigan and have been in practice for over 15 years. I enjoy the teaching role I have in our practice and would enjoy the opportunity to help others with their pediatric problems.

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