Swimming is a popular recreational activity. It is good
exercise and fun! Even though pools have modern disinfection systems
and lakes, rivers, and oceans have many environmental improvements, there has
been an increase in the number of illnesses associated with
swimming. Children are especially at risk of suffering from more severe
illnesses if infected.
What about the chlorine? Chlorine in swimming pools does kill germs
that make people sick, but it takes chlorine longer to kill some germs.
Crypto (Cryptosporidium) can survive for days in even properly chlorinated
Therefore, you should practice healthy swimming behaviors and reduce the risk
of getting ill. Parents of young children should take children on bathroom
breaks or check diapers often. Change diapers in a bathroom - not at
poolside. Wash children thoroughly with soap and water before
Most public swimming pools require babies to use a state approved swim
diaper. (See map below.) Swim diapers can help stop the spread of E.coli and other
For information about infant swimming safety and other information, visit these websites: