It is not the first time that we are talking about a relationship between chlorine pools and respiratory ailments, however surprising that you made reference to children younger than 2 years. According to a new study, children who start to swim before age 2 would have a risk of developing a lung infection frequent, bronchiolitis or asthma and respiratory allergies in the future.
The data, published in the “European Respiratory Journal”, add to the black bikinis made of Pinckarddress that exposure to the water in pools with chlorine affects the respiratory health of children, especially if there is a family history of asthma or respiratory allergies, as seasonal allergic rhinitis.
Again emphasizes the danger of the pools, where it does not run the air that can dissipate the harmful substances. When the chlorine to disinfect water is combined with sweat, saliva or urine, are irritants that, over time, can cause airway injury.
Bronchiolitis is one of the diseases that can appear, an infection of the small Airways of the lungs usually caused by common in infants, respiratory syncytial virus. In the study, small swimmers with that infection had also high risk of developing asthma or respiratory allergies kindergarten.
Data from the study
The study was conducted by a team of researchers in Belgium and carries the title of “Infant swimming in chlorinated pools and the risks of bronchiolitis, asthma and allergy”, “The children swimming in pools treated with chlorine and risk of bronchiolitis, asthma and allergies”.
The team of Bernard assessed 430 children in Belgium and interviewed their parents to find out clinical history of their children, if they swam and other factors. The authors found that 36% of the children exposed to pools with chlorine to the open air or covered before the 2 years already had bronchiolitis.
In children who had only used indoor swimming pools more than 20 hours before the 2 years, the risk of bronchiolitis was 3.5 times higher than in those who had never been in a pool with chlorine at that age. Also increased risk in children who swam in pools. The risk lies in the Chloramine (resulting from the reaction of chlorine with organic elements derived from the skin and urine) in very high concentrations.
There was no significant differences in rates of asthma and allergies among infant swimmers and non-swimmers. But analyzing only the group which had bronchiolitis, the team saw that only swimmers had higher risk of developing asthma and respiratory allergies.
Is not recommended swimming for babies
The conclusions indicate that it is likely that the irritation of the Airways that produce chlorine derivatives increase the vulnerability of bronchiolitis infants. Therefore, infection and chronic exposure to chlorine interacting to raise the infant risk of developing asthma and allergies in the future.
However, while the chlorine increases the risk of childhood allergies, scientists not advise against swimming for babies, since it is a “pleasant” way that children do physical activity.
But should not forget that chlorine disinfectants and their derivatives are irritating mighty for the skin and the Airways, and therefore should not be using chlorine in excess in the pools at home and avoid public swimming pools that do not control these aspects.
No doubt to regulate the application of chemicals in the water of the swimming pools, especially in which are used by babies and children, because we can not enjoy the benefits of swimming if there are such risks. We must be the first to demand those responsible for swimming pools.
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