The Children Swimming, Deprecated in Germany for Cases of Allergies

We have spoken on many occasions the benefits the matroswimming or swimming for infants and for children, although we have also become echo of some problems that the chlorine in pools could lead to some of them.

Now Germany calls on parents that do not have baby pools where child present some kind of allergy or if there is family history.

The Office Federal de Medio Ambiente German based its recommendation on preliminary studies that have revealed a direct relationship between swimming in chlorinated water and the incidence of asthma, as well as other chronic respiratory diseases.

What is the situation in Spain

Let us remember that in Spain the Spanish Association of Paediatrics not advised swimming with babies, despite the news that speak of possible respiratory problems in children due to the excess of chlorine.

Although Yes remarked that it had that Choose pools specially prepared for babies: According to the own ASP this increased risk does not happen if there are levels of chlorination of water in pools within established limits and the aeration of the facilities is suitable.

There are also other non-chlorine water disinfection mechanisms, so there are more possibilities to choose the best pool for babies. Check out cute bikinis at

The risks of chlorine in swimming pools

But, Why used chlorine in swimming pools and what are your risks? Compounds of chlorine with that destination are designed with the objective of that attack germs in urine, the tricloranimas of sweat and cosmetics, but the risk for asthma is multiplied by 60 per each 100 hours of contact with baby’s skin.

The trichloramine (NCl3) nitrogen trichloride is a very volatile and easily inhaled gas, and is formed by the reaction of chlorine on contact with organic dirt. Its effect not only evidenced by the typical eyes or upper respiratory tract irritation, but it can also irritate the lungs, according to the findings of this study.

The researchers recommend to risk groups, less than two years and children with a predisposition to suffer allergies, which prevent the pools with high concentrations of chlorine, and users in general to opt for swimming pools with systems of ventilation and removal of these substances.

Children under two-year-old, the most vulnerable

The risk of bronchitis, eczema and respiratory problems would be much higher among babies of two years who come regularly to the chlorinated pool, than in those who do not.

In addition, children of this age are at greater risk because they have a more sensitive lung tissue that makes them especially vulnerable. They also tend to swim in heated pools, so the higher the water temperature favours the harmful chemical reactions and, for obvious reasons, they are also more exposed to the case that chlorine comes into contact with urine and in turn with the skin.

For older swimmers, the risk is lower, but still the Federal Office of the environment advises all swimmers never forget a thorough shower immediately before and immediately after the pool and prevent those responsible from the pools of the need to constantly provide fresh water and adequate ventilation.

Recall that the matroswimming promotes the child’s physical development, enjoy it a lot and reinforces the bond between parents and children. Why it is one of the activities most recommended to mothers as young babies, but there are toilets and baths in swimming pools, and is necessary to both follow the safety rules as picking the most appropriate pool.

In addition, each child is different, so if after choosing the place where to swim with the baby we see in this a reaction should suspend the baths to have commented to the doctor, and in addition You should consult a pediatrician before going to the pool if it is that the infant has any allergies.