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Infectious diseases that can be transmitted in the swimming pool to children

Infectious diseases that can be transmitted in the swimming pool to children


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The pool is one of the favorite places for children in summer: they are synonymous with fun and a place where they can take refuge from the heat. However, they can also be a 'breeding ground' for certain infectious diseases. Do you want to know what they are?

Pay attention, because We give you a list of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to children in swimming pools and how you can avoid contagion with a little caution.

Water is a great natural environment for children. It is a relief to remove some heat and also a lot of fun. Nevertheless, it can also be a 'breeding ground' for certain infectious diseases very common in summer ... and swimming pools. Heat, humidity and chlorine can become great enemies of the health of our children, since they promote the appearance and survival of certain fungi, viruses and bacteria ... These are the infectious diseases that can be transmitted in the pool to children. Take note:

1. Conjunctivitis. Chloramine is a compound that arises from the mixture of chlorine with other compounds such as sweat, lotions, creams ... Chloramine is very harmful, and one of the main causes of eye irritation and conjunctivitis among children , although chlorine is also the cause of eye irritation.

2. Fungi. Fungal infection is one of the most common among younger bathers. Especially the so-called 'athlete's foot'. Most of the time it is from walking barefoot in stagnant water areas, such as the edge of the pool, where a lot of water accumulates from the 'splashes' of children when diving.

3. Dermatitis. Chlorine can cause a skin reaction in children, especially in children with atopic skin.

4. Urinary infection. The humidity and the proliferation of fungi can cause problems of infection in the intimate areas and urinary infection.

5. Gastroenteritis. How much water will your child swallow in the pool? This is one of the main causes of childhood gastroenteritis among children who go to the pool. The reason? Many microorganisms are resistant to chlorine, such as the bacteria 'Eschericia coli' and fungi such as candida.

6. Asthma. Chloramine present in swimming pool water is one of the main causes of nocturnal cough attacks in children during the summer season and the worsening of children with asthma. It is because this substance irritates the respiratory tract.

First of all, caution: infectious diseases can be prevented with a little common sense. Here are some examples of the routines that you can incorporate in your visits to the pool to prevent the spread of certain infectious diseases:

1. Shower before (and especially after) to jump into the pool water. If you shower before entering the pool, you will be helping to prevent bacteria from proliferating and will help the rest of the bathers not to expose themselves to certain diseases. For the same reason, it is necessary to shower after taking a dip, to eliminate not only excess chlorine, but also all the germs (and possible parasites) that nest in the water.

2. Wash the towel and swimsuit. We often forget something as obvious as washing and sanitizing the pool towel well. If we do it with our house towels, why do we sometimes go to the pool with the same towel throughout the summer? The same thing happens with the swimsuit: do not think that by taking a light shower when leaving the pool it is totally clean.

3. Do not walk barefoot. Ask your child to wear flip flops in the pool. With this, you will be reducing the possibility of contracting a plantar papilloma due to a fungus.

4. Change your wet swimsuit for a dry one. Always carry spare swimsuits in the bag and get your child used to changing wet swimsuits for dry ones.

5. Hydrate your skin. Even if you do not have sensitive skin or notice how the skin leaks because of the chlorine, do not forget to hydrate the skin (remember that the skin has memory), because the water in the pool, the heat and the excess humidity, tend to misalign the natural pH of the dermis.

6. Wear goggles to snorkel. It is not a question of protecting sensitive eyes, but of protecting eyes in general. We are all vulnerable to chloramine in the water, but even more so, children, who spend much of their time in the pool underwater.

7. Use of earplugs. To avoid painful otitis, nothing like wearing good earplugs. So your child (surely a lover of somersaults and 'pump' throws into the pool) can protect himself from the ingress of water into the ear.

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