Each year more than 43,000 children make a trip to the emergency department with bath related injuries. Whether you’re a parent to a newborn or have a handful of little ones living under your roof, it’s never a bad idea to freshen up on your bathroom safety education. In honor of National Bath Safety Month, we’ve gathered our top safety tips for every parent to consider before drawing a tub of water and lathering up their kiddo.
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a skill that we all hope to never use but should know in case of an emergency. In the case of infants, administering CPR can be the difference between life and death in emergency situations. Access free infant-specific training through the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, local fire departments, park districts, and other civic organizations.
Never leave a child unattended in the bathroom.
It may seem harmless to make a quick cup of coffee or start a load of laundry while your kiddo peacefully plays in the bathtub, but it is important to remember that accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Do not leave your child alone in the bathtub or in the bathroom. Curious minds left unattended in the bathroom can lead to a slip, fall, burn or even poisoning.
Add a non-slip mat to the bathtub.
Stay one step ahead of slipping accidents and install a mat to the bottom of your bathtub. These cheap and easy tools can ensure that your child has a firm non-slip surface to step onto when moving about during bath time.
Install grab bars in the tub.
While on the topic of slips and falls at bath time, we recommend placing grab bars inside your tub in convenient spots and at appropriate heights for your child. Not only can these handy tools help your little one keep their balance but they can also serve as a steady arm to latch onto should a fall come close to happening. Check your local hardware store for easy to install grab bars.
Closely monitor the water temperature.
Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend adjusting your water heater so that the highest temperature is no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Once taking this precaution, it is important to still test the temperature of the water with your hand before placing your child into the tub. These steps help safeguard your kiddo from scald burns while enjoying bath time.
Consider utilizing child-proof bath tub faucet handles and toilet locks.
To further protect your child from an accident involving drowning or burns, consider installing bath tub faucet handles and toilet locks. These devices are aim to make it more difficult for children to have the ability to turn on and have free access to water. Knowing that babies can drown in as little as one inch of water makes these products seem even more useful.
While we hope that these six tips will help you protect your child from any accidents that could occur in the bathroom, do not forget that Urgent Care for Children is here to treat minor injuries (lacerations, bumps, bruises, broken bones, you name it) all 365 days of the year.