Few things feel better than being poolside on a hot summer day. Whether you’re grilling near the pool, soaking up some sun or swimming laps, it’s important to implement safety rules to avoid a poolside injury. Below are a few common injuries that happen around the pool and ways to prevent them.
- Slipping: If you visit any community pool, there’s a good chance that “no running” signs are plastered all over. There’s a reason for that. Children are notorious for running around the pool, playing chase and hurrying to dive in. However, with poolside surfaces so slippery from overflowing water, it’s easy for kids (and adults) to slip and fall when running around. This can result in head injuries, neck injuries, cuts, bruises and even drowning if your child falls in the water. Use caution when poolside and encourage the use of life jackets for children who are playing around the pool.
- Skin Irritation: Whether you’re in your own pool or visiting a community pool, it’s inevitable there will be chlorine and other disinfectants to keep the pool safe from water-born bacteria. If the chemicals are mixed incorrectly, the pool water could irritate swimmers’ eyes, ears, airways and skin. Normally, you will notice an acrid smell coming from the pool if there is too much cleaner in the water; however, you should also ask your children to notify you if they experience stinging in their eyes or throat. And, remember to protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen!
- Musculoskeletal injury: Kids are fearless when it comes to the diving board. From backflips to cannonballs, the jumping techniques are endless. If the water in the pool has been lowered, however, your child is at risk for injuries to their ankle, knee, wrist and elbow. Check that water levels are appropriate and never leave children unattended in the water.
If you or your child has experienced a poolside injury, it’s important the injured person is taken to the doctor immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.
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