The temperatures are rising, and finally, it is now time to make the most of the swimwear fashion. This year, high-waisted bikinis are back – a blast from the 1950s – and they are the best thing that has ever happened to every woman who feels self-conscious about their waist and tummy area. When you’re a busy mommy, it’s fair to say that getting the flat tummy of your early 20s can be challenging! Thankfully, this summer, the fashion is friendly to all body types, and you don’t have to worry about the bits and bobs you want to hide from sight. As a result, you might find yourself getting excited at the idea of spending a day at the pool! Indeed, 2019 is the year of pool lovers with smart cuts that make you feel confident and secured where it matters.
However, pool time doesn’t come without risks. Adults and young children need to be careful. Your swimwear might inspire you to spend plenty of time in the water. But your swimming pool duties don’t end just there. Keeping your family safe in a private or public pool can be challenging. Here are some tips for enjoying a swim without any tears!
Keeping those feet healthy at the pool
Swimming pools are synonymous with verrucas, as the moist environment of the changing rooms and the sides of the public pool can encourage the HPV – the virus responsible for warts and verrucas – to spread. Unfortunately, getting wet is precisely why you want to go to the pool! It can be tricky to avoid communal wet surfaces this summer. However, while you can’t eliminate the risk, you can make sure your family is protected against exposure to the virus. For instance, it’s essential to wash your feet thoroughly with a disinfectant soap after a day at your local public pool to get rid of any bacteria on your skin. Young children and toddlers are typically allowed to wear jelly shoes into the water, which offers some protection too.
The public pool dressing room
Communal dressing rooms can be difficult to navigate for children. In fact, they are the place in which children are more likely to lose their belongings. The constant buzz of activities around them and the presence of strangers can make it tricky for kids to remember what is theirs. You can help them to keep track of their things by using name labels. For young children, you can also make sure to add a phone number on the label to help kind strangers return items that might have been inadvertently left behind. Ideally, it’s a good idea to limit the number of things you bring to the pool. Children below 8 years of age find it difficult to remember everything they had with them.
Chlorine water isn’t your best friend
Chlorine is the preferred method in public swimming pools to kill bacteria. Admittedly, even though it is used to make the pool hygienic and healthy to use, it can be harsh on your skin and hair. Indeed, if you’ve signed up for a summer membership at your local pool, you’re likely to notice some dramatic changes by the end of the season. Your hair becomes dry and gets a straw-like quality that is prone to breakage. Your scalp feels constantly itchy. And your skin shows more lines and wrinkles than it did before you go your member card to the pool. But showering before you access the pool can reduce chlorine absorption. Additionally, you will need to up your moisturizing game, both in terms of skin lotions and conditioners.
Are there alternatives to chlorine at home?
Homeowners who have a pool in their garden have tried to eliminate chlorine from their maintenance products for health reasons. Unfortunately, going all natural is likely to turn into a green pond of algae and frogs. Sure, it’ll be chemical-free, but the reason people use chlorine is that it’s an effective sanitizer, oxidizer and algicide. There are, however, alternatives that can do the same job without the inconveniences. Bromine is a common replacement for chlorine; however, its cost makes it a less popular option. Oxidizers are a potential replacement, but they require heavy maintenance to maintain the residual value in the water, which means that it is more suitable for public pools than your backyard facility. However, you can use reduce your use of chlorine with alternatives that tackle most of its features.
Your private pool attracts wildlife
You might love the idea of an open pool, but it is a magnet for wildlife. If you don’t want to have your morning swim interrupted by a snake or a raccoon, you need to make sure your yard pool doesn’t turn into a natural pond. Installing a barrier can keep most animals at bay. You can also add automatic sprinklers and a flashing infrared system to scare away pesky intruders. If you prefer an enclosed pool, you need to keep your eyes open for buzzing bugs that use your pool area as a cozy settlement. Don’t attempt to remove nests and other unwanted visitors by yourself; professional pest control experts can help you with wasps, bees and even an unnatural concentration of mosquitoes. As a closed pool tend to create a moist and warm environment, it’s the perfect spot for them!
Keeping your kids safe
Many homeowners opt for a pool cover in the hope of keeping young children safe. In reality, covers are rarely an effective solution. Indeed, they bring an unpleasant finish to the pool and clashing against the material and the environment. Additionally, it’s a lot of hassle to remove when you want to enjoy your pool. But, small children can fall under the cover and be unable to escape from the pool. Besides, the cover is not sturdy enough to support the weight of people. Your best solution is to educate your kids about the risks of going to the pool without supervision.
A little lesson about digestion
Don’t go swimming after you’ve eaten. You’ve heard the piece of advice before. But what you may not realize is that swimming while digesting represents a real danger. Indeed, your body always works to generate its energy needs. But when it is faced with conflicting demands, things can go haywire. When you swim, your body reduces the blood flow to your organs and increases it towards your muscles. However, if you’re digesting, your stomach and intestines need a high blood supply to work. In a conflicted situation where both your digestive system and your muscles need blood flow, neither demand is met, and you experience cramps. When you’re in the water, cramps significantly increase the risk of drowning. Make it a priority to explain to your kids that waiting an hour before swimming is a matter of life and death.
A giant inflatable unicorn, yay or nay?
Pool floats are hugely popular. Who doesn’t want to go for a swim with an inflatable unicorn? The answer is nobody! But before you pick your favourite float, you might want to run a few safety checks first. Adults and confident swimmers can have a lot of fun with riding a giant pretzel or a sloth mattress in the water. Young children, and swimmers that lack confidence might find those oversized floats challenging to maneuver. If you want to add some fun to your pool party, you should start by checking the kids are okay with a float. It’s a good idea to get arm floaties for children under the age of 8.
Are you ready to plan your pool day? There is a lot to think about, from changing rooms must-haves to pick the best sanitizer product for your backyard pool, but sometimes a little prep is necessary to enjoy a trouble-free day.