Paddling in a swimming pool with young children is one of those experience’s many parents love to do and it is a great way to acclimatise them to the water early on. The delight on a child’s face as you first introduce them to a swimming pool can be one of the most heart-warming moments as a parent. Given that children are more susceptible to illness and infections, it is important to ensure that your swimming pool is a healthy environment and not harbouring any bacteria that could make them unwell. Whilst any pool owner worth their salt will be performing reasonable pool care and maintenance before allowing children into the swimming pool, it is wise to double check that you are doing all that you can do to protect them. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Take Care of the Pool
Swimming pools can become rife with germs if they are not looked after properly. Chlorinated pool water will keep the levels of bacteria at bay. If the chlorine levels or pH levels are not kept as required, then the chemicals in the pool will not be able to work as they should. Chlorinators are an absolute necessity and need to be in prime working order. They can be found at pool specialists such as APS Rewinds and it might also be helpful to invest in a pH test kit so that you can be doubly sure that all is as running it needs to be.
In spite of your swimming pool’s system providing a high level of sanitation, this balance can be upset through external contamination. This can become an even greater risk with children. It goes without saying that you should always wash your hands if you have had need to change any nappies and it is highly advised to wash your children all over, including their bottoms, before and after swimming. On top of this, when changing nappies make sure that this is not done next to the pool itself but in the bathroom etc. as this will prevent germs being spread across the surfaces surrounding the pool. Also try to be pro-active with toilet breaks rather than waiting for your children to tell you they need to go as by then it may be too late!
General Health & Safety
There are a great many pool filters in Perth and Australia wide to choose from but make sure you are using one which can operate for 8-12 hours a day. Quality filtration is key to maintaining healthy water so upgrade if necessary and remember to clean them out regularly.
Keep any glass or electrical items well away from the pool area for safety reasons. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Try to discourage your children from swallowing the water. If you can teach them to do this earlier, it will be much easier than having to ‘un-teach’ them. Given all the germs that are floating around in the pool, particularly after people have been swimming in it for a little while, preventing this will reduce the risk of them getting ill.