Now that Summer is here, parents of toddlers and young children delight in introducing their children to the kiddie pool. With its shallow water, plastic pails and inflatable toys, the kiddie pool is a haven of fun, discovery and social interaction for the youngest pool patrons. Spending time in the kiddie pool to acclimate a toddler to the water could be the first step in cultivating a life-long swimmer.
Now for the disturbing news: According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of all the aquatic venues that were closed because of serious health and safety violations in 2013, kiddie and wading pools lead the pack. Major violations also occurred in improperly managed facilities of all types and there are ways to help achieve a safe facility. VivoAquatics can assist and provide guidance on ways to help achieve clean and clear water.
Where VivoPoint Comes In:
VivoPoint monitoring will alert management and staff if any parameters are out of guidelines as well as let them know if someone has improperly adjusted the system. VivoPoint is a complete water management system, with features that allow for full management of your facilities pools, spas, and water features. Contact us today for more information and to request a free demo.
Fun in the Kiddie Pool By Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD
A great article by Chris Wiant, Chairman of Water Quality and Health Council
The Diaper Set
It probably comes as no surprise that the diaper set provides specific challenges to pool water quality. CDC reports, “Young children are more likely to experience acute gastrointestinal illnesses…and are more likely to contaminate the water because they either are incontinent or have inadequate toileting and hygiene skills.” Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a leak-proof diaper, and they do leak. CDC also notes that “as much as 10 grams of fecal material can rinse off a young child’s perianal surface and into the water.” Add to this the fact that discovery for toddlers is often linked to tasting, or in this case, drinking pool water, and we have a potentially risky combination of factors.
Better Water Quality in the Kiddie Pool
The most frequently reported violations in wading pools in 2013 involved disinfectant level, pH, and automated chemical feeder violations. Given the water quality challenges associated with kiddie pools, this is a significant finding that can help inform solutions. Here’s our best advice to parents and caregivers of young children at the kiddie pool:
Don’t allow your child into the pool unless you have checked the pool water quality. Some pools post inspection results online.
Keep sick children and those experiencing diarrhea out of the pool.
Change swim diapers frequently in the restroom, and take children who are newly potty-trained to the restroom at frequent intervals.
Teach children not to drink pool water. Water play in the kiddie pool is a fun, social activity for very young children. Rather than discouraging parents and care-givers from visiting these venues, we recommend reaping the benefits of the kiddie pool by actively managing the risks.