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Bronchiolitis: 2 times more likely among babies swimmers

Exposure to chloramine, produced by the mixture of chlorine and organic matter (urine) is particularly irritating to the lungs of babies
Exposure to chloramine, produced by the mixture of chlorine and organic matter (urine) is particularly irritating to the lungs of babies
 

The practice of baby swimming is not safe for immature lungs of young children because it causes an increased risk of bronchiolitis, according to Professor Alfred Bernard of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), who recently published a study on the subject.

Children's lungs are developed and become mature at 6-7 years. Exposure to chloramine, produced by the mixture of chlorine and organic matter (urine) is particularly irritating to the lungs of immature and vulnerable babies.

The risk of bronchiolitis is proportional to the cumulative time regularly spent in the pool before the age of two years. "There is a dose effect,"  the professor said. And "if we take out the classical risk factors such as attending a nursery or have asthma in family background and allergy risk of bronchiolitis is multiplied by four for more than 20 hours spent in the pool".

For now, doctors can not tell if attendance at chlorinated pools causes the onset of asthma, when the child grows. But this study, which examined 430 children aged 5-6 years on average, continues.

Solution?

When there is a strong smell of chlorine from entering the swimming pool, you better watch out, this means that ventilation is inadequate.

Inquire as to your town because there are alternatives to chlorine as a copper-silver or ozone and gradually adopt the new swimming decontamination systems, because asthma is a common occupational disease among lifeguards.

Also make sure not too overdose chlorine much if you use a private pool: you increase the risk of respiratory diseases, especially among toddlers.

 
 
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