How to have healthy fun at the water park

Water parks are a blast! Be sure to follow these tips to promote safety so your family can have the best time.
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July 12, 2019

As the temperatures rise and rise this summer, nothing feels quite as good as going for a swim. Summertime is for lakes, oceans, pools and…water parks. While water parks are a blast, here’s how your family can make sure they’re having the best time, while staying safe and healthy.

At Hazel Health, our school nurse partners have seen children with eye irritations, sunburns and rashes from time spent at water parks. It’s so easy to avoid health issues like these and have a great time.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Chlorinated water can still have germs! Some bacteria can still survive in chlorinated water and cause irritations. Signs of irritations can include eye infections (conjunctivitis), skin rashes (dermatitis), deep coughs (bronchitis), or even diarrhea. Watch your children for signs of irritation as they’re in the water.
  2. Practice “healthy swimming.” This means many things. Firstly, if your child isn’t feeling well (for example, sick with diarrhea) wait a few days until they feel better before going back outside and to the water park.
  3. Showering before entering a pool and exiting is important. This helps remove dirt and other particles found in the water. For younger kids, use a waterproof diaper and change it often to ensure kids stay clean. When it’s time for a change, I recommend washing their bottoms with soap and water and doing this in the bathroom away from the pool to avoid particles and contamination.
  4. Water park rides are not all created equal; a crowded wave pool is much different than the three-foot deep lazy river. Although lifeguards are specially trained at water parks, you want to make sure your child is playing in the appropriate part of the park for their size and age. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, children under 48”, non-swimmers or weak swimmers should wear a life vest. Set the rules before leaving the house to avoid issues at the pool. True drowning is often a child silently and desperately trying to keep their head above water. It’s easy to stay safe if you think ahead.
  5. Be mindful of the sun’s rays and take time to rest for 10 minutes every hour. This is a great time for kids to use the restroom, wash their hands, reapply sunscreen, stay hydrated and for you to hear about how much fun they’re having!
  6. Finally, teach your kids on how they can stay safe and healthy this summer. Good advice includes: don’t pee in the pool, don’t swallow water, know what water park rides are safe, and always use the buddy system.

Preventative care is easy; it can protect your children and give them lifelong lessons for healthy swimming.

Now go have fun!

Dr. Rob spoke with Romper about water park safety. See his advice published here: https://www.romper.com/p/14-water-park-tips-from-pediatricians-so-you-your-kids-can-have-fun-17948726

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Hazel Health, the leader in school-based telehealth, partners with school districts to provide mental and physical health services to K-12 students where they are–at school or home. Hazel's diverse, culturally competent providers work with parents and school staff to transform children's access to health care, because when students feel better, they learn better.

Learn more at hazel.co.

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Hazel Health, the leader in school-based telehealth, partners with school districts to provide mental and physical health services to K-12 students where they are–at school or home. Hazel serves nearly 2 million students across 100 school districts, helping to reduce chronic absenteeism and unfinished learning by addressing gaps in health care access. As an extension of the school health team, Hazel helps schools immediately address student physical and mental health care needs. Hazel’s mission is to transform children’s access to health care because when students feel better, they learn better.

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About Hazel

Hazel Health, the leader in school-based telehealth, partners with school districts to provide mental and physical health services to K-12 students where they are–at school or home. Hazel helps school districts address chronic absenteeism, unfinished learning, and school enrollment, by addressing gaps in health care access.

Learn more at Hazel.co/hazel-in-schools.

About Hazel

Hazel Health, the leader in school-based telehealth, partners with school districts and families to provide mental and physical health services to K-12 students where they are–at school or home. Instead of waiting for an appointment with a doctor or therapist, children can see a Hazel provider for a telehealth visit, at no cost to families. With guardian permission, Hazel’s telehealth platform allows children to connect with a health care provider within minutes, or a therapist within days of referral. Hazel’s providers can help with everything from allergies and stomach aches to anxiety and depression. With Hazel, children can get the care they need when they need it.

Learn more at Hazel.co/how-hazel-works.

About Hazel

Hazel Health, the leader in school-based telehealth, partners with school districts and families to provide mental and physical health services to K-12 students where they are–at school or home. At no cost, and regardless of insurance status, Hazel’s providers can help with everything from allergies and stomach aches to anxiety and depression. With Hazel, children can get the care they need when they need it.

Learn more at Hazel.co/how-hazel-works.

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