Red Tide

Red tide is a rapid growth and accumulation of certain types of microscopic algae in ocean waters. While red tide can have some benefits for marine ecosystems, it can also have harmful effects on human health. Here are some ways in which it affects children:


Respiratory problems

Red tide can release harmful toxins into the air, which can cause respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be especially severe in children with asthma or other respiratory conditions.


Skin irritation

Exposure can cause skin irritation, including itching, rash, and hives. Children who spend time on the beach or in the water during a outbreak may be more susceptible to these effects due to their sensitive skin.


Neurological symptoms

The toxins can also affect the nervous system, causing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and disorientation.


Parents and caregivers need to stay informed about red tide outbreaks in their area and take appropriate precautions to protect children from the potential harm from these outbreaks. This may include avoiding beaches that are affected by an outbreak and  avoiding swimming in affected waters. If you child is showing symptoms of exposure to an outbreak, seek immediate medical attention from your pediatrician.