We love taking a dip in the pool on a hot summer day, but we don’t love the all of the chlorine and chemicals in public pools. Chlorine has been associated with a number of adverse health effects, including asthma. 1A 2006 Belgian study showed that use of indoor chlorine pools especially by children younger than 7 promotes the development of childhood asthma. More disturbing still, the researchers found that the kids who swam most frequently had proteins associated with increased risk of asthma at levels similar to those found in regular smokers.” 2

Here are two EASY ways to mitigate chlorine absorption for kids, because we certainly are not going to skip the pool!

1.  Coconut oil protection: Apply a thin layer of organic coconut oil to your child’s skin (and hair) before swimming. This layer will provide a barrier between the chlorine and skin, decreasing exposure and the amount of chlorine that will be absorbed. It also acts as a natural sunscreen (SPF 4), although you should still use a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen as well. Badger makes a great non-toxic sunscreen for kids that does not contain any hormone disruptors (often found in conventional sunscreens). Coconut oil also acts as a moisturizer for your skin. We keep a big tub of it in the kitchen for both cooking and for a pre-pool slather.
2.  Rinse before and after: Dry skin and hair are more absorbent than when wet. Rinse with non-chlorinated water prior to swimming to lessen the amount of the element that can be absorbed. Rinse off when you are done to remove the chlorinated water left on your skin.

If you have the choice, opt for an outdoor pool versus indoor swimming.

We hope you are enjoying summer!

Source: www.rethinksimple.com

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Notes:

  1. http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/be-careful-about-chlorine-in-pools/
  2. http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/be-careful-about-chlorine-in-pools/