In a recent survey, most parents chose “the smell of chlorine” as their strongest sensory summertime swimming pool memory. The smell of chlorine may evoke positive memories of summers past, but could chlorinated swimming pools cause childhood asthma?
This idea has spread all across the internet based on a controversial research study carried out in Belgium. The Belgian government’s Superior Health Council was tasked with reviewing the evidence on the topic and concluded that there is no good reason to keep children out of properly managed chlorinated pools.
In that same survey, parents were asked about chlorine and asthma and one in four respondents did not know that swimming in a well-maintained pool with a proper chlorine level and pH is a healthy activity for children with asthma.
Where did the swimming pool chorine and asthma concerns originate and where do some of the leading health authorities stand on the myth that swimming may cause asthma in children?How Did the Swimming and Asthma Myth Begin?
It begins with the most common swimming pool disinfectant – chlorine. But not chlorine itself – rather trace byproducts of chlorine disinfection. The Belgian researcher’s work links the increase in childhood asthma in developed countries to children’s growing use of swimming pools and their exposure to low levels of disinfection byproducts (DBPs). DBPs are irritating substances that form when disinfectants like chlorine react with impurities like perspiration, body oils, lotions, and urine.
We can’t do without swimming pool disinfectant, but we can minimize impurities that contribute to irritant DBP formation by working to raise awareness of the importance of swimmer hygiene. That means showering before swimming and not peeing in the pool.What Should Parents Make of All This?
The Belgian Superior Health Council concluded that swimming in a properly maintained pool is actually good for children with asthma. Studies show lung function increases and asthma symptoms are reduced in a properly managed pool.
Back in the United States, public health experts have weighed in on the benefits of swimming for children with asthma. “Studies have shown that children with asthma may have fewer symptoms when swimming regularly compared with other asthmatic children, ” according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Swimming Program.
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