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Hello,
I take my two-year old daughter to the swimming pool fairly regularly.
What precautions should I take to protect her from the sun (we go to an outside pool when it is hot) and the chemicals in the water? t.


Keep your daughter out of the sun between 11am and 5pm, so go in the early morning or evening. Whenever she is in the un, she should wear a T-shirt and total sunblock all over. Sunburn and sunstroke in children will greatly increase their chances of developing skin cancer in adult life, so it is up to you to protect her now.
There are other in dangers in and around the swimming pool.
Your main cause for concern is obviously the danger of drowning. Always keep an eye on her, you only need to turn you back for two minutes for her to have an accident. If you are sunbathing while she is playing in the water, make sure there is another adult on hand, or a lifeguard. Many young children are allergic to chlorine, so make sure you rinse her off when she gets out, do not allow pool water to dry on her skin. Be careful of her eyes and ears if she is in the water for a long time, not only can the chlorine irritate them, but the pool is a great place to pick up infections from other children, so always make sure her ears are clean and dry with a cotton bud. Try putting a little almond oil in her ears before she swims to prevent infections getting through, this will do no harm.
Slides and flumes can also be dangerous, make sure she is supervised if she wants to go on them. Never let her run with wet feet in case she slips. Verrucas are very easily caught in public pools, and various other nasties lurk in the folds of damp swimming costumes, so wash them after use.



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