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do you worry about parasites when you take your kids to rivers and lakes?

i was watching a discovery channel show the other night that said up to 95% of all bodies of water in the us contain parasites that are potentially life threatening to young children and anyone with a compramised immune system. also does pregnancy put you in the compramised immune system category?

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Asked by cassie_m at 4:50 PM on Jul. 10, 2010 in Health

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  • No I never did... I think the thing I worried the most about was the snakes.

    Answer by Cochise at 4:53 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • i dont think being pregnant does. my biggest worry about parasites at rivers is leeches. most of them wont kill you though, just gross.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 4:53 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • When I was kid I never thought about anything like that. We used to go knee boarding in ditches when it would rain! looking back I can't believe I did it! Even swimming in our harbor, YUCK! The water is a deep brown color. I'll take DD to the beach a few towns away but I refuse to go in our beach.

    Answer by Kimora_neko at 4:54 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • no im talking about parasites that grow in your body and cause diahrea and vomiting and dehydration and death.

    Comment by cassie_m (original poster) at 4:55 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • I only worry about it when one of the kids have a open a cut on thier hand or foot or a scrape or something because it allows easier access for these parasites. is a gross thought...the dicovery channel opens a persons eyes to a lot more than we ever care to know about sometimes,lol.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 4:55 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • No. Our immune systems are good. We live in a filthy world and my kids must live in it. We can't put ourselves in a bubble. Handwashing and taking care as to what we eat and drink other than that we put ourselves at risk like most folks.

    Answer by momthruivf at 4:59 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • we never swim in non-flowing bodies of water...ex. a cattle stock pond, and man made lakes.
    we do however swim in the ocean & flowing rivers.

    Answer by Leezah at 5:02 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • but all it takes is swallowing a teaspoon of water with a live parasite..... has nothing to do with open boo boos.

    Comment by cassie_m (original poster) at 5:02 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • when I read the headline of the question I was thinking parasites like my ex husband, ooops sorry, lol
    I never gave it much thought now that you bring it up I will be thinking about that next time my kids are in a lake

    Answer by togo90210 at 5:07 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

  • No I never have. We've been going for years. Our immune systems are all healthy, and I see no reason to stop going.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 5:09 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

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