Heather L. Zimmerman, M.D.
Chlorine Doesn’t Guarantee Water Safety
Although chlorine eliminates most germs in pool water, there are some germs that remain. According to pediatricians at Boys Town Pediatrics, chlorine does not kill all the germs of infectious diarrhea. The water can become contaminated if a person with infectious diarrhea swims in the pool, even if he or she doesn’t have an accident in the water. And, it is possible for the germs to pollute the water up to two weeks.
When a person accidentally swallows contaminated pool water, he or she may get diarrhea that lasts just a few days or several weeks. Young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems should be the most cautious as infectious diarrhea can be especially serious.
According to Boys Town Pediatrics, there are steps that can be taken to lower the risk of becoming sick from water activities, including:
Swim diapers or swim pants are not 100% effective against leakage. If your child has diarrhea, do not expect these products to stop leaks from entering the pool.