Kids love to splash around in the pool but are common pool chemicals, like chlorine, harmful to their health?
As with many health topics, you’ll find experts on both sides of the fence here. But there are credible studies that have linked chlorine to asthma (a 2004 study showed that swimmers experienced breathing problems similar to those associated with asthma after a few minutes of swimming even in water with chlorine levels below the recommended level for disinfecting private pools.)
And anyone who’s been in an over-chlorinated pool can remember the feeling of burning, red eyes, and the strong smell, and can cause skin to dry out.
“Credible studies have linked chlorine to asthma”
Plus, when chlorinated pools are indoors, gases like nitrogen trichloride are released, which can particularly affect young children.
To help reduce any negative effects, try to swim in an outdoor chlorinated pool if possible, since most of the gases are eliminated in the air. And be sure to bathe kids immediately after with a natural soap like California Baby Swimmer’s Defense Shampoo & Body Wash, and use a hydrating lotion to put lost moisture back into skin. Chlorine can wreak havoc on skin and hair. In fact, both chlorine and salt water suck out the sebum (a natural lubricant and protectant) of the hair and cause it to crack, resulting in split ends.
And keep in mind: for very young kids, they can have just as much fun splashing around in a backyard kiddie pool, filled with fresh water. No chemicals required!