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Infection risk from swimming for babies

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Attendance at swimming pools in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk of infections, especially those causing diarrhoea and otitis media, say researchers.

Attendance at swimming pools in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk of infections, especially those causing diarrhoea and otitis media, say researchers.

A team from the German National Research Center for Environment and Health studied 2,191 children at birth and again at age six.

Study author Dr Joachim Heinrich said: 'The study shows that allowing babies to swim is possibly not as harmless with regard to infections as has been presumed till now.'

No increase in risk was found for atopic diseases, however, the researchers added.

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