As a parent, you know to remain vigilant around water to keep your kids safe. There is more to water safety than just drowning prevention. It can ruin your teeth, turn your hair green, make breathing difficult, and make you sick. Stay on top of your kids’ health so they can enjoy the pool and learn to love swimming.
What you smell is the chloramines
Even the cleanest person who jumps in the pool brings a little bit of sweat and sunscreen with them. When chlorine encounters organisms and bacteria, it binds to the substances to render them harmless. The process of killing off the gross stuff produces a chemical byproduct called a chloramine. The chloramines release a strong odor and fumes that can irritate your eyes, throat, and lungs.
Swimming can be hard on teeth
If your children spend hours in the pool every day, you may need to see the dentist more often for regular cleanings. Chlorine causes proteins in your saliva to break down quickly and form an organic residue on your teeth. Over time, these deposits build into calculus. If not removed regularly during your bi-annual cleaning, the calculus can wear away the enamel protecting your teeth, leaving them brittle and discolored. Protect your children’s oral health by seeing the dentist regularly for thorough cleaning, especially if you spend hours in the pool each week.
Protect eyes in the pool and on deck
Swim goggles protect children’s eyes from everything harmful in the water when they’re splashing around. The watertight seal around the eyes keeps out harsh pool chemicals, floating debris, and any biological matter that can cause infections. If you’re swimming outdoors, be sure to select goggles with UV protection – it keeps the sensitive skin around the eyes from getting sunburned and protects the eyeball from photokeratitis, a serious sunburn.
Airflow and proper filtration decrease breathing problems
Pool cleaning specialists use a balance of chemicals like ionRX and other high-tech filtration equipment to keep the water clear and sparkling clean. Indoor pools also have to manage airflow to keep swimmers breathing easily. Studies show that chloramines can build up and hover just above the surface of the water, making it hard to breathe. Studies show that airway constriction is more likely when chlorine levels are high.
Bacteria and germs that cause illness
Some bodily fluids, like urine, are unavoidable in the pool. Don’t let this keep you from enrolling your children in swim lessons, so they learn this important life skill. Focus on the yucky stuff that can make you sick. The most commonly reported illness is diarrhea, rashes, or infection caused by cryptosporidium, giardia, Shigella, norovirus, and e. Coli. These diseases spread when a sick person gets in the water. The germs spread to anyone who comes in contact with contaminated water.
There’s more to keeping your kids safe around water than just teaching them to swim. Chlorine in pools can make it hard to breathe and wear away at kids’ teeth. But don’t avoid pools because of chlorine – it keeps diseases and other illnesses from spreading.
It’s a common belief that too much chlorine in a pool gives off an overwhelming smell. The truth is it’s not the chlorine that makes your eyes red, itchy, and uncomfortable. It’s the byproduct of the chlorine doing its job by killing off the other gross stuff in the pool.
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