Pools and children: avoid risks to your health

Can swimming pools be a health hazard for children?

The children's pools are usually the ones that contain higher number of germs.

Despite attempts to disinfect pool water, some pathogens may still lurk in the water. Even the very sanitizing products that are used for pool maintenance can also have their own health risks for the little ones.

Do you want to know the risks that swimming pools have for the little ones?

What health problems can swimming pool water cause?

The chemicals used in swimming pools are very effective at eliminating most of the germs found in the water. But sometimes some of these germs cannot be removed quickly enough, and those that remain can have harmful effects.

This is more common when many people use the same pool.

Some bacteria can cause ear, eye and throat infections. The virus can cause a variety of diseases such as gastroenteritis or eye, ear, and skin infections.

Sanitizing products can also cause problems

Swimming in pools chlorine treated, particularly indoor pools, could put children at greater risk of developing respiratory diseaseslike asthma and hay fever.

Other problems such as eye and skin irritation, if the chlorine levels in the pool are too high or too low, or if the water temperature is too high or too low.

There are some studies that show that the by-products of some of the products that are used for disinfection of swimming pools when mixed with microorganisms, human body fluids, cosmetics and sunscreen can cause DNA damage and increase the risk of cancer.

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