Safe Swimming

Monday, August 04, 2014

While swimming can be fun and good exercise, pools can contain germs that can make swimmers ill. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on what swimmers can do to avoid swimming pool illnesses in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Swimming is fun and a great source of exercise. But if you are not careful, you can become sick from germs in lakes, rivers or even swimming pools.

Here are some things all swimmers should do to avoid water-related illnesses:

Dont swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.

Dont swallow water from a pool, lake or beach. Avoid getting water in your mouth.

Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming, and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body will quickly enter the water otherwise.

Here are some tips for parents of young swimmers:

Take your child on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear I have to go may mean that its too late.

Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can spread in and around the pool.

Wash your child thoroughly with soap and water before swimming.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.