Posted: Sep 22, 2009 9:56 AM by Bea Karnes
A new study says chlorine in pools may increase the risk of getting asthma and allergies in some kids.
The research, headed up by a toxicology professor in Brussels, took a look at more than 800 teen swimmers. They found that kids who spent more than 1000 hours in a chlorinated pool, and who were already susceptible to asthma and allergies, were the ones at risk. That's more than half of all kids.
The study found that kids who swam in chlorinated pools, instead of chlorine free pools, were 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with asthma and allergies.
One doctor said this study shouldn't worry the average parent whose kids swim a couple of times a week.