Heading out to the pool? Know about these health hazards.
WORDS SUNUJA NAIDU
An additional hazard in swimming pools is contamination by germs such as viruses, bacteria and parasites despite the use of chlorine as a disinfectant. Swallowing, breathing in or having contact with contaminated water may result in infections.
Some common illnesses acquired from swimming include:
These illnesses can be potentially dangerous for children with a weakened immune system. Dr Mary Varughese, from the Division of General Ambulatory Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, National University Hospital, offers the following guidelines to protect children from waterborne illnesses:
In addition, having toddlers who are not potty trained wear swim diapers and proper swimwear will minimise soilage, says Dr Lim Kai Hung, family physician, Family Medicine, SMG Medical, a Singapore Medical Group. He advises parents to bathe and moisturise their little ones after a swim in the pool as chlorine exposure can lead to dry skin.