Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are any disease that’s spread through germs brought into a swimming pool by a swimmer. This encompasses a wide variety of diseases and uncomfortable conditions and can come from any swimming pool, but especially those with young children. Everyone has a responsibility to practice safe swimming and to avoid spreading RWIs. It’s easy to do and won’t interfere with the pool time fun!
WHO SHOULD BE AWARE OF RWI PREVENTION STEPS?
- 1 WHO SHOULD BE AWARE OF RWI PREVENTION STEPS?
- 2 WHAT DO YOU DO IF…?
- 3 TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT RWIs FROM SPREADING
- 4 SUMMARY
Everyone who swims or takes their children swimming should pay attention to the tips given in this article about preventing RWIs. This includes parents with small inflatable pools. RWIs can be serious, so it’s better to heed the prevention tips now than to suffer later on.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF…?
Guests are using your home pool?
Ensure that chlorine levels in your pool are high enough before letting anyone swim. Chlorine can be essential in lowering the risk of catching an RWI. You can also set hygiene rules for your pool, such as requiring a rinse off before entering.
You are visiting a public pool or a friend’s pool?
Practice courtesy and rinse off before entering the pool, especially if you are sweaty or dirty. If appropriate, you can ask about the chlorine levels of the pool, although this is not always a polite or practical thing to do.
TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT RWIs FROM SPREADING
1. Get everyone out of the pool every hour.
Use this time to send the kids and yourself on a bathroom break. If diapers need to be changed, do so away from the pool. Drink water during this time to avoid dehydration and unconscious pol water swallowing.
2. Don’t allow anyone with diarrhea into the pool.
Even if the condition stopped before the person wants to swim, do not let them get into the pool if they have been experiencing diarrhea that day. Germs from diarrhea can quickly spread around and infect other swimmers.
3. Rinse off before entering the pool.
This is a good way to prevent bringing germs, dirt, and sweat into the pool from outside.
4. Use the bathroom, not the pool water!
No matter how lazy you or your children are feeling the pool water is not a good place to pee. Children and adults should always be urged to use a bathroom instead.
5. Drink from a water bottle, avoid drinking pool water.
Staying hydrated by drinking water during swimming breaks can help you to avoid accidentally drinking the pool water. Pool water can contain a number of germs and bacteria, so it’s best to avoid swallowing it if at all possible.
6. Change swim diapers away from the pool-side.
This simply measure can help to keep the germs from the diapers away from the pool water.
Following these simple tips can help you and your family to stay safe from RWIs while also stopping the spread. Encourage your children to pay attention to proper swimming hygiene and to always swim safely.