Few people would swallow pool water on purpose, or tell their kids it's fine to have a few sips!
But a University of Michigan study has found a disconnect between what parents know about pool water, and what most are actually doing to help keep it healthier for swimming.
A poll by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found 64 percent of parents feel it’s very important for kids to not swallow water at a water park, but only 26 percent of parents think it’s very important to shower before getting into the water.
Most parents may not appreciate their role in preventing recreational water infections, according to Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the poll and an associate professor in the child health evalutation and research unit athe U-M Medical School.
Showering before getting into the water reduces the spread of germs, including some that aren’t killed with chlorine, he said.
To help prevent the spread of recreational water illnesses, the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention advises:
— Shower WITH SOAP before swimming and wash hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.
— Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Germs can end up in the water and make others sick.
— Avoid swallowing pool water or getting it in your mouth.
If you take young children into the water:
— Take them on bathroom breaks and check diapers often.
— Change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area, rather than by the pool.
— Wash your child thoroughly with soap and water before swimming. Invisible amounts of fecal matter can end up in the water.