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    The kids' feet

    Every year, we have a bunch of kids in the pool for parties. After a few hours, some of the kids have blisters and cuts on their feet.

    I'm pretty sure that the problems are caused by a combination of being in the water for a long time and walking (not running!) on the concrete deck.

    Could scale be a factor? Or, anything else in the water?

    Anyone else have this problem or know what I could do to fix it?
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    Re: The kids' feet

    What is your pool made of?

    When i was a kid, I would spend hours in the neighborhood community pool which was concrete. My toes would split something awful. So the concrete and softened skin was my problem.

    I can swim all day in our vinyl pool and never have an issue. I would think it's more surface related than water chem related.

    But whaddaiknow?
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    Re: The kids' feet

    I'd agree....surface issue, soft feet.

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    Re: The kids' feet

    When playing very active games in our concrete pool, the skin on my big toe gets pretty tore up. I don't think its water chemistry but just too much friction from running and jumping, etc. No big deal in my opinion.
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    Re: The kids' feet

    Marcite and aggregate finishes are often rough and will cause scrapes and cuts. Also, if the plaster is only a year or two old it is still giving off caustic alkali material so standing on the surface for an extended period of time adds to the problem.

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    Re: The kids' feet

    Used to happen to us as kids at the beginning of the season (plaster pool). After a few days the toes toughened up. Our kids now get cuts/etc on their feet - sometimes the tops. I think it's from climbing out in the deep end (not at the 'ledge') They must be climbing up the side a bit.

    What does not kill you makes you stronger -- it'll get better. If not, I agree witht he earlier post that swim-slippers (or whatever they are called) are great. Also safer around on the deck as they have a great grip on the bottom.

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