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cappykat

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Kids and Hot Tubs
« on: March 23, 2006, 07:07:39 pm »
Seems like I read something that said children shouldn't be in a hot-tub but for a limited time.  Is that true and
how long can they stay in?

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Kids and Hot Tubs
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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006, 07:20:25 pm »
I think it depends on the temperature.  The little kid bath thermometers go up to 100 degrees, after that the water is considered too hot.  We typically keep our tub at 101.  When I know the kids will be in it (usually just once a week) I turn it to 99-100.  We are typically in it for 30-45 minutes.  J will hold the little one out of the water about every 10 minutes or so for a couple minutes.  The 6 yr old could be in there all day at that temp.

My kids take pretty warm and long baths, so this isn't too different for them.

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006, 07:21:50 pm »
My dealer said to be cautious with children under the age of 4.  I'd say the younger the kids are, the more cautious you'd need to be with them.

For what it is worth, they also said drinking alcohol in a hot tub is not recommended.  ;D
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 07:29:51 pm »
My four year old will stay in no more than 15 minutes and I set the water to 101.  They say smaller children can become overheated quickly.

She moves around quite a bit so half her body is out of the tub most of the time.

My spa is pretty small.

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2006, 08:12:19 pm »
maybe it is wrong but my 2 year old loves the tub.  Last night the tub was 104 and he absolutely loved it.  He goes in about 3 to 4 nights a week with me.  we limit his tub to 20 min only and then he gets out.  As soon as he gets out, we give him a big drink of juice and send him off to bed.

The doctor said no less than two and limit to about 20 min.  


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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2006, 08:14:19 pm »
It would be interesting to take his temperature right before he gets in and again right when he gets out.

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maybe it is wrong but my 2 year old loves the tub.  Last night the tub was 104 and he absolutely loved it.  He goes in about 3 to 4 nights a week with me.  we limit his tub to 20 min only and then he gets out.  As soon as he gets out, we give him a big drink of juice and send him off to bed.

The doctor said no less than two and limit to about 20 min.  


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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2006, 08:50:56 pm »
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It would be interesting to take his temperature right before he gets in and again right when he gets out.



It would be interesting to take my temperature.  

I know the important measurement is with "core" temperature. I find that when I've been soaking at night, my feet and head seem to stay warm all night.

I'd say it's important for everybody to stay hydrated and be careful with how much time they spend in a tub...especially very young and very old folks.
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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006, 12:46:11 am »
The cooler the water is, the longer kids can be in the tub, but they should always keep their heads above the water.

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006, 02:04:14 am »
I was in a hot tub at 102-104 almost every day from the time I was about 6-7 until my teen years. I dont think my brain fried that bad. I know that now I like water hotter than most people, making it difficult to share showers.  ::) Other than that, I never suffered and I think I survived.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006, 02:06:05 am »
Seriously though, age aside, the smaller you are, the more susceptible you are to hyperthermia in a tub. Its just a body mass: surface area issue.
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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2006, 08:03:15 am »
Thanks, everyone.  Very good advice.
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2006, 08:52:39 am »
I found this tidbit on http://www.spadepot.com/spacyclopedia/htsafety.htm

   *  Soaking for too long in elevated water temperatures can raise body heat to hazardous levels. The National Spa and Pool Institute considers 104° F to be the maximum safe water temperature for adults. A safe soaking time should not exceed 15 minutes. Some medical authorities have recommended a lower maximum temperature of 100° to 102° F. They advise that since infants and children are more sensitive to heat, they should be exposed to water of not more than 95° F, for no more than 10 minutes. Consult with your family doctor.


The Association of Pool and Spa Proffensionals also makes a similliar statement.

Additionaly, I've read that infants and pregnant women should not use the spa.

In addition to elevatad body temp,  there is also the risk of drowning, esp so for children who are not tall enough to stand in the tub above the water line.
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Re: Kids and Hot Tubs
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2006, 09:24:24 am »
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For what it is worth, they also said drinking alcohol in a hot tub is not recommended.  ;D

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