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do i need to be concerned about taking my unvaxed 10mo old in the pool, or does chlorine kill these bugs? i've heard stories of kids getting ear infections from swimming in pool water (vs. ocean water), don't know if it has to do w/ fecal matter or other germs.<br><br>
seems like a silly concern, but our first swim lesson is today, and i've only had time to be concerned about this right now!!
 

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No worries. Ear infections are caused from the water sitting in the ear not from germs. I've never had problems with my kids swimming in pools. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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i guess i'm less concerned about ear infections than other stuff, specifically the stuff that people vax for (do the live vaccines pose a threat?), but maybe i'm just imagining things!
 

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No different "fears" than with vaxed kids. I took DS to a public pool alot before age one. Never thought about it til someone posted here that they felt it was a risk. But, IMO, DS immune system should be healthy and capable and whether vaxed or not he would be exposed to the same germs as everyone else.<br><br>
Of course, I don't believe vaxes do much prevention in reality so once again, either way, no difference. Hope I made sense!
 

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We quit using crowded public pools because of the contamination that even chlorine can't effectively control,<br><br>
"[Chlorine] doesn't kill everything, and what it does kill may take as long as 30 minutes up to an hour-and-a-half to be affected. Steinman, too, believes "it would be naive to presuppose that the chlorine kills all the bacteria and viruses in a large pool setting with many, many people coming in. You're assuming full dispersal and full contact. Polio used to be spread that way; that's why, back in the '50s, parents wouldn't let their kids swim in public pools."<br><br><a href="http://www.wholelifetimes.com/healthclubs.html" target="_blank">http://www.wholelifetimes.com/healthclubs.html</a><br><br>
WHAT IS IN POOL WATER?<br><br><a href="http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/microbiology/109142" target="_blank">http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/microbiology/109142</a><br><br>
The diarrhea-causing organisms usually associated with pool water are Shigella, E. coli, Hepatitis A virus, Giardia intestinalis and Cryptosporidium parvum. Shigella and E. coli are bacteria.<br><br>
Gotta love the CDC's 6 "Pleas" for safe swimming,<br><br>
don't swallow pool water or even let it get in your mouth~ as if that is possible with a child! We have a small above ground pool in our backyard and my 5 yr old can't keep the water out of his mouth!<br><br>
The last time DH and my 9 yr old went to a public pool, they both got an intestinal illness, that was the last time anyone in our family went to a public pool. Now it's either our own pool, water parks that just have shooting sprays of water (no pool), and the springs, where there are thousands of gallons of fresh sparkling clear water steadily gushing out.
 

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Having many dogs, I know well about Giardia not being killed by chorine.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
It's a nasty bugger to get rid of !
 
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