Nevertheless, an American study warns of the dangers of children's inflatable pools, according to data published in the scientific journal Pediatrics.
Health: Inflatable pools
Dr. Gary Smith of the Center for Trauma Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, urges parents to be cautious and to use the pool in their presence as there are the same risks of drowning, especially for very young children, as with the classic pools.
The researcher and his colleagues identified 209 recorded cases of drowning of children in inflatable pools between 2001 and 2009, most during the summer.
According to the study, 1 child per 5 days drowns in the children's inflatable pool during the summer.
And while this note doesn't imply that families shouldn't use inflatable pools, it should make it clear that "we should all seriously consider safety issues when buying an inflatable pool and putting our children in it." ", emphasizes the researcher.
Dr. Smith's scientific team studied the evidence they found in the records of the US Commercial Product Safety Commission and focused on incidents of drowning or near-drowning after using the inflatable pools.
The majority involved children under the age of five, and mainly involved children who had used the inflatable pool at home during the summer months.
The scientists also found cases of drowning after children tried to dive into the inflatable pool, as well as when children played in the water with parents nearby but without full supervision.
Health: Inflatable pools
"Parents cannot claim to supervise children while they drink and chat with friends or talk on their cell phones," explains Dr. Linda Guan, a drowning specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital.
"Supervision needs to be constant, and when it comes to toddlers, it should include physical contact," notes Dr. Guan.
Experts advise parents for more safety to wear a life jacket when the child is near a pool. And when they cannot be near the child, let them ensure that he does not use the pool. And this can be done by simply emptying the water, even when it comes to a small inflatable children's pool.
It is even worth noting that covering the pool with a plastic or other material cover does not prevent the risk, as the study also reported the case of two children who drowned together while trying to remove the cover and swim.
However, what all the experts stress is that parents should take the safety of their children seriously, even when they are going to use an inflatable kiddie pool with a few centimeters of water.