Child Bath Safety
Want to know 5 practical child bath safety tips to ensure your child's safety in the tub?
For many parents of young children bath time is the perfect way to end the day. When used as a regular ritual it can provide the child with a time to calm down after a busy day.
Plus, it can signal that it is almost bedtime. There are, however, certain precautions that must be taken to ensure a safe bath time experience.
The number one child bath safety rule for bathing a child under the age of four is to never leave them unsupervised. Even a quick trip to answer the phone can become tragic. Very little water is required to cause drowning, so the risk simply is not worth it. If you must leave the room, take your child with you.
Next, use a non-slip bath mat that securely attaches to the bottom of the tub. This can prevent them from accidentally slipping or falling, and may avert an injury. Use a mat that is mold and mildew resistant. And when it is not in use, be sure to hang it to dry. Otherwise, mold and mildew may still be able to grow.
Keep all electrical appliances away from the bathtub or sink. Items such as hairdryers and electric razors are common in bathrooms, but pose the threat of severe shock or electrocution. If you must have these in the bathroom, make sure the cords are safely out of reach and that the appliances cannot fall into the water. Parents can also purchase a child safety electrical cord shortener to prevent tripping.
Take a look from the child's viewpoint. Look for items within reach of the tub that will be tempting for them to grab. Soaps and lotions are common on the ledges or shelves of bathtubs, but these can be dangerous if ingested. Razors are another obvious threat. Shower curtains can be tugged, causing the rod to fall. Remove these dangers before placing your child in the tub to ensure child bath safety.
You may also want to invest in child safety tub spout covers. These can be found in most stores that sell child safety products, and are available in a variety of entertaining shapes and designs. A faucet cover can prevent injury due to accidental bumps to the child's head, and many are designed to redirect the flow of water to create a shower or waterfall effect.
By taking these simple precautions, you can keep your child safe while in the bathtub. And you can make bath time an enjoyable experience for both you and your child.
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