It’s summertime and even though we tell kids to not “go” in the pool, we know they still do from time to time, but adults too? What?

A new survey says that 1 out of 5 adults admit to weeing in the pool! Even worse, there is a way to tell if someone done the old “number one”.  Red eyes! Yeah, I thought that was irritation from the chlorine too! It’s not! It’s actually from a chemical called chloramine, which is produced when urine is combined with the chlorine already in the pool! EWWW!

The study also showed that 70 percent of adults don’t shower before getting into a pool, which can cause the spread of many diseases.

The Centers of Disease Control suggests to follow the steps below for a healthy dip in the pool:

Three Steps for All Swimmers

Keep germs from causing recreational water illnesses (RWIs):

  • Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
  • Don’t swallow the pool water. 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 end up in the water.

Three Steps for Parents of Young Kids

Keep germs out of the pool:

  • Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s 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.

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