Here are some of pool-related symptoms to be aware of. If you recognize any of these warning signs within 72 hours of swimming, seek immediate medical attention.
- Upset stomach and vomiting
- Persistent cough
- Trouble breathing
As the hours pass, recreational water illness, chlorine poisoning and secondary drowning become more distinct conditions with more specific and severe symptoms, according to experts.
Recreational water illness and chlorine poisoning may lead to digestive distress, such as abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These conditions may seem like a bad case of food poisoning or stomach flu.
Chlorine poisoning may also cause symptoms in the nervous and respiratory systems. Vision trouble, as well as swelling and burning may also develop in their eyes, throat, nose and ears.
Secondary drowning has a greater effect on the respiratory system. Symptoms may include trouble breathing and heavy, wet-sounding, persistent coughs, and uncontrollable shivering, as well as hot and cold flashes.
Prevention Tips for Children
In additional to warning your children about the dangers of drinking pool water, here are some secondary steps to take:
- Once a child is finished swimming, check for redness and irritation around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. This could be a sign that chlorine levels were too high.
- Listen for a nagging cough. If a child who has been swimming develops a cough that does not go away, it could be a sign that the child swallowed too much water or inhaled it.
- Be on alert for flu-like symptoms. If a child develops symptoms of the flu or food poisoning after swimming, seek immediate medical attention.