A hot tub is a great place to spend time with the people you care most about. For families with children or for grandparents that often enjoy the company of grandchildren, this brings about a big question: “Can kids use a hot tub?”
Goodall Pools & Spas is here to provide helpful information about this important topic. Since the mid-90s, our company has been assisting Pennsylvania residents with their hot tubs. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding kids and the hot tub.
Age Alters the Answer
The first thing to cover is the age of the children in question. Infants and toddlers should not spend any time in a hot tub because of the risks of dehydration and overheating.
Around the age of five, a child’s body has developed enough to allow safe semi-immersion in the hot tub. Dipping their legs in for just a few minutes is fun for them. Soaking only their legs also keeps the warm water from heating their entire body too quickly.
As children continue to age, additional time in the hot tub becomes safer. However, a lengthy stay of over 15 minutes is never recommended. Being aware of the age differences and the time they can spend in the spa is key to their pleasure and their protection.
Check the Condition of Your Hot Tub
Next, you want to be sure that the condition of your hot tub is as it should be for safe soaking. Our Prestige Spa Maintenance team is available to help you with this important task. Then you and all the kids you love can enjoy the swirling waters with confidence.
Water Within Reach is Wonderful
Another thing to keep in mind with children in the hot tub is the fact that the heated water will warm them up and, in turn, make them thirsty. Keep ice cold water within reach for them and for yourself. Hydration is always important — no matter your age.
Think About the Water Temperature
As you plan to enjoy the hot tub with younger people, keep in mind that you can change the water temperature a little bit as well. Instead of keeping the water temperature just over 100 degrees, consider keeping it right around 98 degrees. This will allow all of you to tolerate the temperature and utilize the hydrotherapy jets as well.
Pauses in Soaking Require Planning Ahead
The final thing to think about is the fact that children need things to keep them busy when they pause from their hot tub soaking or splashing. Of course, a nearby swimming pool is one popular way for them to occupy their time. You can keep healthy snacks ready for the children when they need a break from soaking too. Just always be aware that their love for the warm water and their length of time in the water will differ from yours.
Can kids use a hot tub? Yes. With safety guidelines in place, kids can definitely use the hot tub right alongside their parents and grandparents. Come by any of our convenient retail locations for any further questions you may have about your hot tub.