Bath time can be fun. But you need to be very careful with your child around water. Most drowning deaths in children happen at home, most times when the caregiver leaves a child alone in the bathroom. Do not leave your child alone around water, not even for a few seconds.
Ways to Prevent Bathing Accidents
These tips can help you prevent accidents in the bath:
- Stay close enough to your child so that you can reach out and hold them if they slip or fall in the tub.
- Use non-skid decals or a mat inside the tub to prevent slipping.
- Use toys in the tub to keep your child busy and sitting down, and away from the faucet.
- Keep the temperature of your water heater below 120Ã‚Â° F to prevent burns.
- Keep all sharp objects, such as razors and scissors, out of your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reach.
- Unplug all electric items, such as hair dryers and radios.
- Empty the tub after bath time is over.
- Keep the floor and your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s feet dry to prevent slipping.
Extra Tips for Newborns
You will need to be extra careful when bathing your newborn:
- Have a towel ready to wrap your newborn in to dry and keep them warm right after the bath.
- Keep your babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s umbilical cord dry.
- Use warm, not hot, water. Place your elbow under the water to check temperature.
- Wash your babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s head last so that their head does not get too cold.
- Bath your baby every 3 days.
Other tips that can protect your child in the bathroom are:
- Store medicines in the child-proof containers they came in. Keep the medicine cabinet locked.
- Keep cleaning products out of reach of children.
- Keep bathroom doors closed so your child cannot get in when they are not being used.
- Place a door knob cover over the outside door handle.
- Do not ever leave your child alone in the bathroom.
- Place a lid lock on the toilet seat to keep a curious toddler from drowning.
When to Call the Doctor
Talk with your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doctor if you have questions about the safety of your bathroom or your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bathing routine.
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