Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the German environment agency last week issued a recommendation to parents who have infants with a history of allergies to avoid swimming in indoor pools because it can trigger asthma.
The environmental agency states the potential for asthma comes from trikrolida nitrogen, known as trikloramin, which will be released when water containing chlorine reacts with urine, sweat or other organic compounds derived from the swimmers.
“The damage to lung tissue at an early age can cause asthma. Moreover data concerning trikloramin effect is lacking,” they wrote in a statement.
They also suggested that parents who have babies younger than two years old and have a family history of severe allergies to not bring their babies to swim. It is considered as a preventive step until it is proven safe.
UBA president, Jochen Flabrth, also ask the swimmers to pay more attention to cleanliness and the pool owners are advised to reduce risk by using the latest water treatment technology.
“Swimming is a healthy exercise for kids and adults. Therefore, to prevent side effects of trikloramin, each person should rinse his body with water before swimming,” said Flasbarth.
A European study published in 2006 found that a high incidence of asthma and wheezing cough in children aged 13-14 years old when they used an indoor pool.
Research carried out at Britain pools in 2003 also found that a high protein in the blood triggers trikloramin in young swimmers and also the parents who just sits in the pool area and does not get in the water.Tagged with: asthma, Babies, chlorine, high protein, indoor pools, nitrogen, organic compounds, protein in the blood, water treatment technology,