Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.3 Water Play Areas (Pools, Etc.)

6.3.5 Other Water Play Areas Portable Wading Pools

Portable wading pools should not be permitted.
Small portable wading pools do not permit adequate control of sanitation and safety, and they promote transmission of infectious diseases (1,2).
Sprinklers, hoses, or small individual water buckets are safe alternatives as a cooling or play activity, under close supervision.
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  1. Murph, J. R., S. D. Palmer, D. Glassy, eds. 2005. Health in child care: A manual for health professionals. 4th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. 2010. Policy statement: Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics 126:178-85.