Chlorine and Autism – What parents need to know

Since it’s that time again where schools are letting out, the temperature is rising and swimming pools look more and more inviting by the day – I figured I would post all of the information I have saved regarding our ASD kids and chlorine.

Stan Kurtz: A review of medical literature about chlorinated pool water.

Here are some things that you can do to lessen the effects of the chlorine (in no particular order):

  • Bathing/Showering before and after swimming
  • Epsom Salt Baths
  • Epsom Salt Lotion – I also hear it’s pretty easy and cheap to make your own
  • Kirkman’s Magnesium Sulfate Cream
  • OurKids Magnesium Sulfate Cream
  • Some have reported they fill a spray bottle with water and some epsom salts and then spray down their kids before/after swimming
  • Supplement with Taurine
  • Increasing Magnesium Supplement
  • Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion
  • Increasing probiotics & digestive enzymes – chlorine can cause you to lose good gut flora and digestive enzymes, especially if water is swallowed, so you need to replenish the probiotics and add some digestive enzymes at mealtimes
  • Swimming Pool chlorine can increase yeast overgrowth, so if you see yeasty behaviours return, this could be why.
  • If you have a high-copper kid, you may want to keep your eye on your child’s copper levels since many algaesides contain copper.

  • If you have a pool in your backyard and are looking for alternates to chlorine, here are some links. (I am just providing the links, I have no information or experience with any of these.)

  • Baquacil – I did look into this last year — although some have reported it is impossible to maintain after the 1st/2nd years and can be very expensive to maintain
  • Leslie’s Pool Supply has a product called Fresh N Clear that is hydrogen peroxide based
  • Treat your pool at night so that most has circulated and disapated by the morning
  • Chlorine Free Pools and Spas
  • Purification Systems by Carefree Clearwater
  • *If you have other suggestions, please feel free to email me so I can add them or leave a comment and I will post it. Thanks!!

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