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American Hospital Specialist for Child Health and Diseases View Hilda's Full Profileexplains the measures that can be taken to protect yourself and your children from diseases that can be transmitted from pools.
What causes pool infections?
As every summer, thousands of people flock to swimming pools to cool off and have fun this summer. However, even if they are chlorinated, the microbes present in swimming pools can lead to some infectious diseases. Although most of the microorganisms can be destroyed as a result of chlorination, Criptosporidium are resistant to chlorine. In addition, chlorine has to pass a certain time before it can destroy the microorganisms.
For all these reasons, you must carefully implement some important measures to protect yourself and your children from diseases that may be transmitted from the pool, and you should be aware that others do.
What can be done to prevent infection?
• Do not enter the pool while your child or yourself has diarrhea.
• Be careful not to swallow or suck water in the pool.
• Take a shower before swimming and wash your hands after going to the toilet.
• Take your children to the toilet at regular intervals.
• Change your child's diaper by the pool, not in the toilet.
• Wash your child's bottom with soapy water.
When can children enter the pool?
Be careful not to put children under one year in the pool. If your child starts shaking in the pool, take it out and dry it. Begin with ten minutes and immerse in water. Do not immerse young babies in water for more than 30 minutes. If your child has skin complaints, ask your doctor if chlorine will cause harm. Do not take a swim if your child is sick.
How can we be sure the pool water is clean?
• In clean pool water, the bottom of the pool should be clearly visible.
• The stones at the poolside should not be sticky or slippery.
• A well-chlorinated water has a slight odor. Excessive chemical odor indicates a problem.
• If pond pumps and filter systems are operating, they will make a sound.
• You can ask the pool staff whether the pH and chlorine levels are checked every two days and the last values determined. (Normal pH: 7.2-7.8, normal chlorine: 1-2 particles / 1 million should be)