Chlorinated Pools Can Cause Lung Infections in Children

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chlorinated Pools Can Cause Lung Infections in Children

A research at Louvain University has identified a chlorinated pool can increase risk of lung infections, asthma and respiratory allergies in children. It is also exacerbated by respiratory disorders that can be contagious to other children.

The researchers at Catholic University Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, have conducted a test to 430 Belgian kindergarteners. The child's health history data obtained by providing questions to their respective parents. The results is children before the age of two who used to swim in the chlorinated pools had a history of the lung infection known as bronchiolitis, compared with only 24 percent of children who had not been exposed.

This problem occurs because the chlorinated pool particularly public swimming pools usually have been hit a lot of dirt, including sweat, saliva and urine from swimmers that will be causing chemicals that can disrupt and weaken the lungs or even cause an infection.

The infection risk in children who swim in the indoor pool is three times higher than outdoor swimming pool. We should keep our children particularly when age of two to swim in the disinfected pool, and as much as possible to avoid chlorinated pools.