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Hidden dangers in pools and splash pads

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Doctors warn hidden dangers associated with pools and splash pads this summer, including contracting illnesses, such as cryptosporidiosis or an E. coli infection.

Providence Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Daniel Elwell said children can contract the waterborne illnesses when they ingest contaminated water. The water can get contaminated by someone who had one of the illnesses, which can cause diarrhea and cramping.

"If your child has diarrhea or if you do, don't go to these places or swim for at least two weeks after symptoms are gone," Elwell said.

He said during the summertime, getting this illness is common.

"People are swimming more and warmer water tends to be more conducive to spreading infection," Dr. Elwell said.

H said at Providence, they have already seen up to 10 cases of cryptosporidiosis in the past month.

"Often times they don't realize the correlation. Often times it's from some water sources that they have been exposed to, that's how it's transmitted."

He advises parents to teach their children to keep their mouths closed at the pool and avoid drinking the water.

Baxter Skar who has two young children said she does that when she takes her children to the splash pads or pools.

"Just in general with kids, you have to tell them not to put everything in their mouth, not to drink the water, wash their hands well after playing here," Skar said.

According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, there were five reported cases from June to August. 

If you experience these symptoms, Elwell advises to hydrate and use anti-diarrheal medication.

If those who are sick are getting weak, lethargic and can't get fluids in or they are running a high fever, they need to be seen by a doctor.

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