A new study has found that children who play outdoor games with a water filter are less likely to develop respiratory infections than those who play with bottled water.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that for the children playing with bottled waters, the risk of getting pneumonia and other respiratory infections was about the same as those playing with non-bottled water.
In other words, kids who played with bottled-water games were just as likely to contract respiratory infections as those who played without filters.
“We think the most important thing is to encourage kids to have fun with these games,” said Dr. Sarah M. Anderson, director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
“I think the challenge for parents is to let their kids play with these things and let them have fun.”
The study was done on a sample of nearly 1,000 children ages 5 to 14.
About 20 percent of the children played with water-filtered games and 10 percent played with nonfiltered water.
“When you think about the health effects of outdoor play, we have been focusing a lot on how kids can limit their exposure,” said Margo Storch, executive director of Public Golf Course Association of America, the nation’s largest outdoor game provider.
Storcha said the study shows that kids should be careful to use water-based game supplies. “
Parents need to be aware of their kids’ outdoor play and water-safety rules, as well as the types of water they use, and make sure they are getting proper filters.”
Storcha said the study shows that kids should be careful to use water-based game supplies.
“It is very important to always follow water-safe standards when using water-coloring water,” she said.
“Kids need to know the type of water to use, how much water to drink and when to drink it.
Kids need to understand how to use filters and how to dispose of them properly.”
Sturch said the findings also have implications for kids who play outside.
“If you are an outdoor gamer, it is important that you know how to make sure your kid doesn’t get sick, too,” she added.
Parents should also monitor kids’ levels of chlorine in their water, said Anderson.
“Chlorine is a chemical that causes the production of bacteria and can also contribute to a host of illnesses like urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, or respiratory infections,” she explained.
“While water disinfection has been shown to protect against some diseases, chlorine does not prevent those illnesses from occurring.”