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There is a fountain downtown that my DS and I went to today, and he had a wonderful time playing and splashing in it (it's the kind that's built into the ground so you just walk right up and can start splashing).<br><br>
I noticed that the water is chlorinated.<br><br>
I'm not much of a swimmer so it's been a while since I've been around chlorinated water, but someone else's kid came up and wanted to play in the water, but his dad wouldn't let him because it was chlorinated, he said.<br><br>
Is there something wrong with letting kids play in chlorinated water? And, what do we need to do afterwards, just rinse off?
 

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Since chlorine is a chemical I'm sure you can google it and find some terrible reason to freak out about your kid swimming in it, but I honestly would not be concerned. I grew up swimming in a chlorinated pool EVERY SINGLE DAY OF SUMMER. I SWALLOWED it sometimes. I always swam with my eyes open too. Now I'm not saying that what I did was the best thing, but if I could do that every day of every summer of my entire childhood and I'm fine, I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.
 

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For my dd, it is not ok. She has sensitive skin and breaks out pretty bad from the chemicals in pools. Of course that doesn't always stop her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She'll pay the price once in awhile. Ds is ok in most pools. Maybe it depends on the kid & how sensitive they are to the chemicals- both skin and respiratory system. Just keep in mind if those chemical are to kill or control germs, they can't be all good on skin or to breathe in.
 

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The water at the pool where dd takes swim lessons is so chlorinated that sitting and watching her the fumes irritate my eyes. On the other hand I don't think I'd let her swim in a public pool that wasn't chlorinated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The water at the pool where dd takes swim lessons is so chlorinated that sitting and watching her the fumes irritate my eyes.</div>
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we were @ the pool last night for 3 hours, it was awful. Today I have a headache and can still smell the chlorine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The water at the pool where dd takes swim lessons is so chlorinated that sitting and watching her the fumes irritate my eyes. On the other hand I don't think I'd let her swim in a public pool that wasn't chlorinated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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Exactly. It's not the greatest, but I would not swim in a non-chlorinated pool. Pools have so many gross bodily fluids, I can't imagine how harmful they would be if they weren't treated. Chlorine is a necessary evil that I warmly embrace.<br><br>
After swimming in chlorine, I think it's best to shower using shampoo and soap. Also, I always put lotion and facial moisturizers on after swimming because it does dry my skin.
 

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My kids swim in chlorinated pools. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
We usually shower afterwards. The chlorine really dries out skin and hair and will eventually eat through swim suits (one of my DDs is on swim team, so we are talking about hours and hours of swimming every week!)<br><br>
If you don't let your child swim in chlorinated water, then they can't get into any swimming pool ever. The levels vary (most pools owned by families have much lower levels than public pools, and some small pools owned by communities or apartment complexes are not as carefully watched and therefore bounce from too high to too low)<br><br>
A pool with no chlorine would just end up really really gross, really really fast.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since chlorine is a chemical I'm sure you can google it and find some terrible reason to freak out about your kid swimming in it, but I honestly would not be concerned. I grew up swimming in a chlorinated pool EVERY SINGLE DAY OF SUMMER. I SWALLOWED it sometimes. I always swam with my eyes open too. Now I'm not saying that what I did was the best thing, but if I could do that every day of every summer of my entire childhood and I'm fine, I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.</div>
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Now I'm imagining swimming in a pool with no chlorine. Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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Yeah I think either way you can get freaked out. My kids do swim in out local YMCA pools that is chlorinated, I have seen them have to clean out the pool for "accidents" imagine it without. ewwwww
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now I'm imagining swimming in a pool with no chlorine. Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"></div>
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Yeah...it's called the lake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My second oldest takes swim lessons & has sensative skin. It doesn't bother him. Though it DID bother me when I was a kid, not anymore. Mostly we swim in the ocean though.
 

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I wish there were more pools like this-<br><br><a href="http://www.totalhabitat.com/P&P.html" target="_blank">http://www.totalhabitat.com/P&P.html</a><br><br>
Chlorine is only necessary when you don't realize that there are viable alternatives.. If only more people knew about them...
 

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I usually like Dr. Weill's opinion on things like this:<br><br><a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA361110" target="_blank">http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA361110</a><br><br>
my immune system freaks out a little when I've been in chlorinated water-my skin loses pigment (my dermatologist said that's my immune system reacting to the chemicals, or something like that.) But I still swim 10-20 laps daily and my dds are in the pool year round. I always shower them off when they get out.
 

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The swimming pools in Seattle use something other than chlorine (some salt-based something, the community center guy told me), and it's a bit of a mind bend for me to be ok with the idea of swimming in it. Yeah, Chlorine's a dangerous substance (ever see the warning signs on the closet where they keep the extra?!), but when mixed with water at the proper levels it becomes reasonably safe for humans but still dangerous for microbes.
 

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Saline pools are perfectly safe and sanitary and are a better alternative to chlorine. I'm so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> over the whole "I did it when I was a kid and hey look, I'm fine".(This applies to a lot more than chorinated pools)<br>
There are long term effects I'm sure that we don't know about. I also swam in a chlorine pool every day of every summer, and I remember after an hour of swimming feeling hazy, my eyes would not properly focus and everything looked hazy. My sinuses would be sore and when I spoke I sounded like I had a full blown head cold w/stuffed nose and sore throat. It was from the chlorine. We were recently on vacation where we swam in a saline pool at my mil's retirement community all day every day...and I never once had that old "pool" feeling. My kids did not reek of bleached skin or hair and I when it finally occurred to me why, I was shocked. I don't inject chemicals in my kids bodies and I try really hard not to let them eat chemical laden foods. I don't think I can feel good about letting them swim in a chlorinated pool anymore. That said, we will probably allow them to go to swim parties etc, but I still won't feel good about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah...it's called the lake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Touche <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br><br>
But even in the lake it's not such an enclosed environment, kwim? More dilution, more natural processes disposing of the waste products. The swimming pool is basically a giant toilet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br><br>
I've never had the opportunity to swim in a saline pool. That sounds really cool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The swimming pool is basically a giant toilet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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:puke Oh crap! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (no pun intended)
 

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I think washing off after being exposed to chlorinated water is probably sufficient.<br>
I wouldn't judge anyone who didn't want to get in chlorinated water. They may have a number of reasons.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wish there were more pools like this-<br><br><a href="http://www.totalhabitat.com/P&P.html" target="_blank">http://www.totalhabitat.com/P&P.html</a><br><br>
Chlorine is only necessary when you don't realize that there are viable alternatives.. If only more people knew about them...</div>
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Wow! Thanks for the link! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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