Monday, February 8, 2010

Water Safety Essentials

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the last decade, more and more kids have been getting infections from contaminated water in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Known as recreational water illnesses, these infections are caused by germs that usually enter the water buy fecal contamination. "The most common illnesses cause diarrhea and respiratory, eye, ear and skin infections," says Dr. Kimberlin.

As a result, Dr. Kimberlin suggests these rules to keep your child safe.

1. Teach your child not to swallow or get swim water in her mouth.
2. If you have a pool or a hot tub, check chlorine an other disinfectant levels on a regular basis.
3. Use only public pools that require babies and toddlers who aren't toilet trained to wear swim diapers.
4. Change your child's swim diaper often or take her on frequent bathroom breaks. Have her wash her hands afterward.
5. Wash your child off - or make sure she showers before and after swimming.

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