Practicing proper hygiene is not only crucial to maintaining your personal health but to minimize the spreading of germs that can cause others to get sick. Poor hygiene in the pool can lead to serious health concerns, such as skin infections, eye infections and respiratory infections. The following are good hygiene practices to put in place before you jump in the pool!
Don’t Consume Pool Water
Swimmers should always try not to swallow pool water and if possible even keep it out of their mouth. Some common side-effects of ingesting pool water are a stomach ache, vomitting and diarrhea.
Don’t Swim When Sick
Don’t swim if you are sick or have open wounds. If your wound is the result of a recent surgery, it’s likely best to wait a bit before getting back in the pool. Not only does this prevent the wound from getting aggravated from the physical exertion, but it also prevents any bacteria in the water from getting near the wound. For further information, regarding when it’s safe to swim after a surgery, check out our blog: When Can You Resume Swimming after a Surgery?
Ensure Kids Take Regular Washroom Breaks
Be proactive with young children and pull them out of the pool for regular washroom breaks. This reduces the chances of your child having an accident in the pool. Also, if your child is still in diapers, it’s important to regularly remove them from the pool to check their diaper. It’s very important that a child with a dirty diaper stays OUT of the pool.
Shower Before and After Swimming
Showering before and after swimming is one of the most effective ways to stop the spreading of bacteria in the pool. Showering prior to entering the pool, is a great way of removing any bacteria that you may transfer into the pool with you. Showering immediately after swimming, is also recommended to remove any bacteria that could be on your body from your swim.