Bathroom Safety for Babies and Toddlers
The bathroom can be a fun place for small children. During bath time babies are happy splashing about while toddlers enjoy playing with their toys in the bathtub. Unfortunately, this family routine is not without its own dangers. It’s really easy for wet slippery children to bump their heads or even slip and fall while in the bathroom. Keeping an eagle eye on them is the first step to protecting them from this danger but there are a few other things you can do to keep your children safe.
A drowning can happen where you least expect it so make sure to completely empty bathtubs after giving a toddler a bath or even after taking one yourself. It is completely possible for a child to drown in less than 2 inches of water.
Remove any hazardous cleaning products from under the sink and store in high out of reach of areas to prevent accidental poisoning. Keep prescription medicine in the original bottles with their childproof caps and store them in a locked medicine cabinet to prevent an accidental overdose.
Burns and Electrocution
To avoid burns or electrocution never leave curling irons, hair dryers, or any other electrical devices plugged in and unattended while small children are in the bathroom. Children who love to explore their surroundings will find these hard to stay away from.
Babies have sensitive skin that can burn easily so always test the water temperature before giving them a bath. The recommended water temperature is just above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Always start by adding cold water to the bathtub first and then adjust the temperature gradually by adding hot water. The water should just feel warm to the touch.
Install a toilet lid lock. Most babies love to play in water. For a curious baby or toddler, an open toilet can be hard to resist. Keeping the lid down and installing a safety lock will go a long way in keeping your child safe and germ free.
In the bathtub cover hot water faucets to prevent little hands from turning them on and burning themselves. Cushioned covers on spouts can help with bumps and bruises if a child stumbles and falls. To help prevent falls place non-skid decals and rubber mats inside the bathtub. Also to minimize the risk of drowning, maintain a safe water level and never overfill the bathtub. This will help to prevent floors from getting wet while children are playing in the bathtub.
To sum it all up, try to baby proof your bathrooms as much as possible. This includes keeping the floors dry and bathroom doors closed. Following these simple safety tips as well as the others listed in this article will go a long way in keeping your baby or toddler safe when they use the bathroom.
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