Tips for Avoiding Disease

Avoid Disease From Pools

Practice these three tips to stop germs from causing illness at the pool:

  • Do not swim when you have diarrhea: this is especially important for kids in diapers. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
  • Do not swallow the pool water: in fact, avoid getting water in your mouth entirely.
  • Practice good hygiene: take a shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.

Tips for Parents of Young Kids

Practice these three tips to keep germs out of the pool and your community:

  • Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s too late.
  • Change diapers in a bathroom and not at poolside. Germs can spread to surfaces and objects in and around the pool and spread illness.
  • Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming. Everyone has invisible amounts of fecal matter on their bottoms that ends up in the pool.

Remember the other classic tips for water safety:

  • Remember to keep an eye on your child at all times. Remember, kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
  • Protect your child against sunburn by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and both UVA and UVB protection, and be sure to re-apply it after swimming. Even a few serious sunburns can increase the risk of getting skin cancer.
  • Don’t use air-filled swimming aids (such as “water wings”) with children in place of life jackets or life preservers.