By Jodie Lynn
How often should I allow my kids to go swimming this summer if they both seem to begin to peel after only seven or eight times? The allergist says they are allergic to the chlorine but it is not life-threatening. However, this can't be a good thing either. Can I ask the pool owner to lower the amount of chlorine in the water? Why is it so high to begin with?
ANSWER FROM READER:
My kids had the very same problem; that was nine years ago! It amazes me that parents are still having to put up with this nonsense. I did not know what to do either and even though I asked for the owner of the pool to lower the chlorine, it just never happened. However, I picked up a pool testing device and tested the water myself. If it was too far off balance, I just didn't let the kids swim that day. Another thing that seemed to help was to lather them up with a waterproof suntan solution. It actually repelled the water and certainly came in handy. - Jamie A. in Duluth, MN
All pools require certain chemicals to help them stay clean and sanitary. The amount of chemicals, including the chlorine, may be stronger at public pools but varies based on the size of the pool, the age of the pool and the number of people estimated to swim in it. The solutions help to control many things: mold, mildew, germs, various types of contaminants, bacteria, and much more. They are usually put in each morning. Therefore, taking the kids later in the day may be a good option. By around four o'clock, there has usually been enough swimmers in the water to more or less help to mix and perhaps balance the chemicals and even take some of them out by people constantly getting in and out, drying off and starting all over again. Another thing you can try is to limit the time that they are in the water to maybe thirty minutes at a time. Have them come out and go into the shower stalls, use a hypoallergenic body wash and wash/rinse the chlorine off of their bodies and suits. Play a few games with them or other activity while they're waiting to go back in the pool. As far as some type of waterproof solution for their skin, ask the allergist for a suggestion. There could very well be samples available for you to try before actually buying anything. Be careful with how much you apply as some of these are much too harsh for younger kids; plus, there may be an over-the-counter product that would work just as well at a lower cost. Reapply it after their shower if they go back into the water.
CAN YOU HELP?
I promised my seven-year-old son a puppy this summer if he made good grades and didn't get into any other trouble at school. He has held onto that promise until the end. He made a big change in in his behavior and grades were great. My question is what kind of a dog should I choose, considering my son's age and also that the dog will spend at least four hours a day in a crate?
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