Even though school’s back in session, there’s still plenty of hours left for your children to be enjoying your in-ground swimming pool or their kiddie pool. After school days can get awfully stressful, so at Hawaiian Pool Builders, we thought we’d help you lighten the afternoon and share some rather ‘off color’ water stories about the backyard kiddie pool.

Even the youngest child enjoys a day splashing around the water, but you should know about some of the gross things that lurk in the kiddie pool, so you can keep your family safe. Let’s face it, nothing ruins a great day like a sudden stomach bug.Kiddie Pool

Although that kiddie pool may look refreshing and inviting, at the heart of it all, it really is a stagnant pond in your backyard. If left with water in it for too long, it can turn into a disgusting breeding ground for all types of unwelcome visitors. Even after you douse it with some chlorine, the ‘bugs’ may still be lurking unnoticed.

It’s not as easy as it may seem to maintain proper chlorine concentration in your children’s kiddie pool as you may think. That’s if you ever even thought to add chlorine to it. When you have two or three children in a small amount of water, they are shedding off a lot of germs.

You don’t have to toss out the kiddie pool, and swear you’ll never get another one. You just have to take care of it, just like you do your regular pool. Use fresh water each time it is used, and once playtime is over, empty it. By doing both, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you’ll reduce the risk of the children getting sick.

If the kiddie pool cannot be properly emptied every day, then it needs a filtration and disinfection system. Otherwise, the water will grow stagnant and contain all sorts of nasty germs.

Here’s just a few friends that hang out in the kiddie pools:

Urine
That probably goes without saying. They are little, and there’s no secret, kids pee in pools. But this is a disgusting issue when the water isn’t treated. If they are still in diapers, check it every ½ hour or so.

Pink Eye
Yes, that, too can lurk in the water. Chlorine in the water can help prevent pink eye; but if one of the children in the untreated pool has it, they will probably share. No parent likes pink eye.

Shigella
This little friend likes to hang out in stagnant water. It can cause what’s known as Shigellosis, an infectious disease that, according to the CDC, may cause stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.

Sweat, Body Oil & Sunscreen
Though none of these are pathogenic, they still make up for a pretty nasty pool at the end of the party. Anything that is on your child’s body will wind up in the pool water.

The last two friends of the kiddie pool are probably the most disgusting of all.

Poop
Mom and dad, those swim diapers don’t protect against leakage.. That alone is a good reason to empty and disinfect that pool after each use.

Crypto
This one is particularly nasty. It’s the parasite better known as Cyrptosporiduim. This is easily passed through feces, and causes the most water-born illnesses. Because water is the most common way for this to spread, it’s a good thing to be on the alert for it.

As with any other pool tips we’ve passed along, the best practice is the work towards prevention. If your child, or one of their friends has recently been ill, it is best to keep them out of the pool.

As long as you are using fresh water and emptying the pool with each use, the kiddie pool can remain a fun, safe activity for the remaining warm days.  

Category: Pool Safety