Pools: Outdoor and Indoor Boost Kids' Asthma-Risk...

It’s getting a little late in the season, but a new study in the European Respiratory Journal has determined outdoor pools INCREASE children’s asthma risk. Researchers blame prolonged exposure to chlorine vapors; Reuters reports.

Actually, this backs up a previous study about indoor pools. Researchers linked inhalation of chlorine byproducts to lung damage in infants and possible asthma later in childhood. It appeared in the journal Pediatrics; via Reuters.

Keeping excitable kids out of the pool might be hard. Maybe limit their time swimming instead. After all, growing bodies MUST be kept safe from toxic environments.

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Sara - September 28, 2008 7:03 PM

If it's your own pool you can use something less toxic than chlorine. There are several alternatives.

Kirsten - September 29, 2008 11:48 AM

What are the options? I am curious ... Why are they not options for community pools? Is UV one of the possibilities?

Randy Martin - October 1, 2008 3:38 PM

I've done some work with the American Chemistry Council, and I can assure you that the physical risks that chlorine in pools present is EXTREMELY minimal when compared to the health risks you run by swimming in potentially infected water.

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