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What can I do to prevent this? There are a number of steps you can take:

1. Never, ever, ever swim when you have diarrhea.
2. Always, always, always shower (with soap!) before you swim.
3. Take bathroom breaks every hour, and wash your hands with soap.
4. If you’re taking care of a baby in a diaper, check it every 30-60 minutes. Don’t change their diaper near the pool.
5. Accompany young children to the bathroom every hour.
6. Don’t swallow pool water.

What about my kids? If you’re taking care of young children, you can:

1. Wash them off thoroughly with soap and water before getting in the pool.
2. For babies in diapers, check it every 30-60 minutes. Don’t change their diaper near the pool.
3. Accompany them to the bathroom every hour.
4. Teach them not to swallow pool water.

I’m clean, but what about everyone else? What can I do to make sure the water is safe? You can look for visual cues. Safe pools will be virtually odor-free, and the water will be clear enough to see anything painted on the bottom. You can also ask about the pool’s policies and procedures. Ask how often they check the pH and chlorine levels, what kind of training the staff receives, and how the health inspector graded the pool.

But the fail-safe method? Check out the pH and chlorine levels in the pool yourself. You can buy pool-testing strips at most hardware stores.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:30AM PDT on Aug 5, 2015

I love this article especially for the older pool systems in many communities that the public use. Thinking about the community cleanliness behaviors of people in general can not be monitored to make sure they are clean going into the pools, but the filter & maintainance of public pools can be.
It all comes back to responsibility of each ones behaviors and for the same good behaviors towards others.
Swimming in pools whether they are your own or public pools should be considering respect for all life and constantly maintained. We all know it Starts with children being instructed by parents and their parents instructions going back then good going forward to positive responsibility.
Of course kindly educating others about the facts as this article does gives us all our free will to choose to do the right thing for others and not as some do good just for them selves often taught by others negative examples.
Choices we make are reflective towards others but should not be forced by others but chosen by our free choices to be good and caring. That is part of the christian judeo foundations of the USA that countinues to change which is healthy. Also there are billions of opinions but like many different facts but love for others well being is like posting good advice backed by solid research verifications here on . Thank you.

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2:57PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Gross!! I always swim at the river or a friend's house anyway, so it probably isn't as bad there.

1:13PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you Geoff, but the fact is you read my comment and felt the urge to reply.... my work here is done.

10:27PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Alison A Very sad

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