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What to Do When Kids Poop in the Pool

When Poop Hits the Pool

Any child of the 80s will have a hard time forgetting the Baby Ruth scene from Caddyshack. But contrary to Bill Murray's declaration, it is a big deal when a tot poops in a pool. The dark matter can spread bacteria like E. Coli and Hepatitis A, parasites or other germs. A thick unbroken stool is often better than a diarrhea type disaster, but in either instance, moms should notify other swimmers and the lifeguard. Unfortunately everyone will have to get out of the water while the matter is removed and chlorine levels are tested and adjusted but at least the chances of infecting others is decreased.

An embarrassing experience for the child and her mother, some moms choose to take their tyke and run, never notifying the pool keeper of the accident. Others put the alert out and cause everyone to get out for at least a small break, if not longer. What would you do if your babe went number two in the pool?

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mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
Oh man, my son had some major diarrhea while in the pool when he was 8 months old but nothing got out of the diaper since we saw him pushing and basically ran! Oh man, what the chlorine does to my sons poops...not good!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
When I lifeguarded - about a million years ago - we had to close the pool for 24 hours (I think) to "shock" the pool with a ton of cholorine. If you kid isn't potty trained keep them out of the pool or put a rubber 'diaper' over their suit.... and the lil swimmers don't prevent poop from entering the water - they just make it so the diaper doesn't swell when wet.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
This is why I am a big fan of having kiddy pools next to the grown-up pools. Let the fecal fireworks happen over there, I say. ;)
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
the club that i belong to recommends using a swim diaper, diaper cover and swim suit to avoid this problem...and of the four pools, the little ones (non potty trained) are only aloud to use two. Obviously if this ever happen to me i would let the right people know so they can start draining the pool... a total bummer but it does happen.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
There is nothing worse than a brown snake in the pool. That is why i avoid public pools.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
For swim lessons we have to double diaper them until they are 4. A swimmer with a little rubbery speedo over it. It's a good thing as my little guy thinks the water is very relaxing :-(
bsobos1123 bsobos1123 8 years
That is why my little tyke wears a lil swimmer in the pool. I have had to deal with poop in the tub, and it wasn't pleasant.
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