There is something unbelievably gross about the thought of swimming in a public pool that is contaminated with faecal matter. Aside from the grossness, swimming with human faeces and swallowing pool water that is infected with offending floaties, poses a huge health risk, with the potential to cause some nasty cases of gastro, including Giardiasis and Cryptosporidiosis.
Earlier this year, a public pool in Kununurra, Western Australia, made the newswhen, after a spate of potential health risks, it urged parents to use appropriate swim nappies and to be more vigilant of their children’s bowel movements.
Every state has a policy for dealing with faecal accidents in public swimming pools and spas, but Western Australia’s policy is particularly detailed, requiring that “[b]abies or children who ordinarily wear nappies shall wear a tight fitting aqua-nappy or similar costume when using the water.”
In fact, wearing a swim nappy is now a requirement in almost every public swimming pool across Australia.
If you’ve perused the baby aisle at Woolworths or Coles in the past 10 years, you might have noticed packs of disposable swim nappies on the shelves. All well and good from a hygiene perspective. But what happens if you don’t want to spend a dollar per swim on a nappy? And what do you do if you want a reusable, environmentally-friendly alternative? Or what if your aquatic centre actually says NO to disposable swim nappies because escaping fibres clog their pool filters? (1)
Apart from the ease of use, monetary savings and eco-friendly factors, reusable nappies for swimming are without a doubt the easiest way to begin to make the switch from disposable to reusable nappies.
And the testimonials by parents who’ve chosen these swim nappies speak for themselves:
Remember: Swim nappies are not a substitute for frequent toilet breaks and nappy changes. Happy paddling!
When uncertain economic times hit, the family budget often needs to be rejigged and if you've got babies in the house, one thing that can help is to make the switch to reusables.