Monday, June 05, 2017
Be mindful of water quality when kids swim
To pretend all is perfect can endanger your kids.
Even the backyard wading pool, says a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in NC, can be contaminated. After all, it is non-moving, warm, shallow water and kids in diapers may have been in it.
--If your child has had any gastrointestinal disease--diarrhea, for instance--keep him or her away from swimming pools and all water.
--Don't swallow water at water parks.
--Freshwater lakes and streams can harbor leptospirosis, a bacterium from the urine of mammals that come to drink from the water. So don't awallow lake water either. Maybe nose plugs?
--Even if a stream looks crystal clear, don't drink from it. Remember, wild animals have done the same and may have stayed to do their business.
--You super want to avoid Naegleria, a rare, deadly, brain-eating amoeba that is almost impossible to treat. NEVER jump feetfirst into warm, stagnant water--the water will go up your nose, and if the amoeba is present, it will get forced into your brain. Fun over for sure.
--Salt water can be less of a problem, but you should not go in the ocean with a wound.
And stay away from jelly fish--even the dead ones on the beach. Ouch!