If the highlight of your kids' Summer is time spent at the pool, don't let a few pesky postswim problems ruin their day in the sun. With just a bit of advance planning and some basic knowledge of what's causing the issues, you can prevent whatever's ailing your little ones. Heed our advice for solving these five pool-related problems, then tell them to dive on in, worry-free!
Swimsuit Snags and Fading
Pool Problem: With the amount of time that kids spend in their swimsuits during the Summer, it's no wonder that they're susceptible to snags and fast fading.
Smart Solution: The cement surface that surrounds most pools is prime for snagging. If your kids are sitting by the side of the pool, try to get a towel under their little bums. According to VIP Cleaners , you should always hand-wash suits with mild detergent, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. To dry, gently roll the suit in a towel to remove excess water, then allow it to air dry (away from the sun).
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Pool Problem: While chlorine can have damaging effects on all colors of hair, blondes are especially susceptible to discoloration . . . and really, who wants green hair?
Smart Solution: Ultra Swim  has been around forever — for good reason. Come Summer time, swap it for your kids' regular shampoo, and use a leave-in conditioner to restore moisture. If they're in the pool constantly and have light-colored hair, a swimming cap is a good idea.
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Pool Problem: Chlorine exposure can leave eyes red, stinging, and/or puffy.
Smart Solution: The Mayo Clinic 's best advice is to try to get your kids to wear goggles  in the pool. If that doesn't work (or they're unwilling), rinse their eyes out with a sterile eyewash or artificial tear solution immediately after they return from the pool.
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All-Over Chlorine Irritation
Pool Problem: Sensitive, dry skin is particularly prone to "chlorine itch" or "chlorine rash."
Smart Solution: Get your kids to rinse off in the shower immediately after they've been in a swimming pool. Use cool water and a basic, natural soap. Afterwards, apply a heavy moisturizing or anti-itch cream.
Pool Problem: Swimmer's ear is an inflammation of the ear canal  that's caused when water, sand, or other debris accumulate and cause the growth of bacteria or fungus, according to Everyday Health.
Smart Solution: Keep ears dry by gently tipping the head from side to side after each swim. Dry the outer ear with a soft towel or cloth to get rid of any residual water. The Mayo Clinic  suggests applying a teaspoon of a homemade solution of one part white vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol  to each ear to facilitate drying and help prevent the growth of bacteria. The pediatrician can also prescribe medicated ear drops if the damage is already done.