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Avoiding Swimming Pool Germs

Aug 03, 2015
Most private and public swimming pools do a good job of keeping water clean by using chemicals that kill many harmful bacteria. However, even the cleanest pool can still be a place where your child picks up — or transmits — some nasty infections. Your kids can avoid being on the giving or receiving end of illnesses commonly found at the pool by practicing a few simple tips.
  • Children should not swim when they are sick with a cold or stomach illness
  • They should always take a shower before getting in the pool
  • Children should never put pool water in their mouth – for fun, or by accident
  • If pool water is cloudy or you can’t see the bottom - it’s best to stay out

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Following these simple tips can help your child avoid getting sick this summer. If your child does come in contact with swimming pool germs and experiences a skin infection, swimmer's ear, or other illness, visit your pediatrician or nearest Urgent Care for treatment.

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