My youngest, who just turned 4, had her family birthday party last weekend at Grandma’s pool. That morning, when I told her it was time for a bath, she tried to get out of it by telling me that she didn’t need one because she was going swimming. “The pool will clean me,” she tried to argue. I had to explain that a pool is not a bath, and that goes for before and after you swim.
However, a recent national poll conducted by the C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital, has found that most parents don’t bathe their kids before playing in water–water parks specifically. The study found that many more parents think it’s important to warn kids not to swallow the water because of germs and chlorine, than to bathe or shower beforehand.
It may seem silly to wash before getting in water, but it’s not. The germs people, and especially kids in diapers, carry on their bodies can cause RWI, or Recreational Water Illnesses, such as cryptosporidiosis. You catch a RWI by breathing in, swallowing, or coming in contact with contaminated water. If you get infected with a RWI, you’ll be vomiting, have diarrhea, have strong cramps and possibly a fever for days. Kind of kills the fun water park experience.
Chlorine will kill most germs that cause RWIs, but the germ that causes cryptosporidiosis can live for days even in properly disinfected water. So in order to limit the amount of those nasty germs, people should bathe before going swimming or in any public water.
Fess up parents: