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.