Dr. Avnish Jolly, 26 May :During the summers vocation public / private swimming pools and water thunder zones across the world are undergoing preparations to open, swimming pools and water thunder zones will be filled with millions of people having fun and staying cool. But germs may be in the water, even if it’s treated with chlorine.
Parents should stop children from drinking pool water and take children to use the restroom often. Recreational water illnesses are caused by germs such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. coli and Shigella, and are spread by accidentally swallowing water that has been contaminated with fecal matter. Many skin allergies may occur due to unclean water of the pools. Children have low immunity level therefore they are at more risk to water born disease.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 14. Parents/ guardians can play an important role in prevention. Don’t just look for kids in trouble, but also for those kids who could be in trouble. It’s not just the kids some times adults too. Adults get a little overconfident in their abilities and reflexes, and we watch for them, too. Always accompany your children when they went for swimming.
Public pool patrons or parents / guardians can ask to see the pool’s daily pool water quality chlorine test. Pool requires chlorine levels 1 to 4 parts per million, and pH levels of between 7.2 and 7.8. Chlorine and pH strips are available at chemist shops. One must take bath after swimming in the pool. Clean the pool regularly for your health.