With all the splashing, bubbles and toys, bath time can be a lot of fun for kids. But the bathroom can also be a dangerous place for kids if left unsupervised.
An estimated 87 children die from drownings in the home each year. Two thirds of those children drown in the bath tub and sometimes, in just two inches of water.
While concerning, drownings are almost always preventable. Bath time can still be a fun time as long as you keep safety in mind.
1. Supervise – Always
If you must leave the room, wrap your child in a towel and take her with you.
Never leave water in a bathtub that is not in use, and make sure that you have everything you need within arm's reach so that your little one can enjoy bath time uninterrupted.
2. Keep Lids and Doors Closed
To prevent accidents, keep bathroom doors closed at all times and only allow your child in the room if she's accompanied by an adult.
If need be, place safety covers on the doors to keep your little one from opening them.
Experts also recommend installing toilet locks to keep lids down when not in use. Young children can drown in toilets.
3. Protect Against Slips, Falls and Burns
Slips, falls and burns can happen. If your tub does not have a non-slip surface, install a bath mat or special no-slip strips on the bottom of the tub.
A cushioned faucet cover can help prevent bumps and bruises if your little one accidentally hits her head on the faucet.
Along with slips, falls and bumps, it's important to be mindful of the temperature of the water. Test the water with your wrist or elbow to make sure the temperature is warm – not hot. Babies have extra-sensitive skin that is very vulnerable to scalding.
For an added layer of safety, adjust your water heater's max temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Keep Electric Appliances and Medicines Out of Reach
Make sure that all electronics and medicines are safely out of reach of curious toddlers. If you're storing these items in cabinets, make sure that the cabinets have safety locks.
Remember that medication bottles have child-resistant caps – not childproof.
Along with medication, you also want to make sure that you store your cosmetics up and out of reach of your little one.
5. Drain All Water When Done
When all of the cleaning, splashing and bubble blowing is through, it's time to wrap your little one up in her towel and drain the tub.
Never leave water in the bathtub when it's not in use.
Pull the plug up once your little one is safely out of the tub and wrapped up in a towel.
Supervision is the key to keeping kids safe during bath time, but taking steps to prevent slips, bumps and burns is also important. Keep these tips in mind when giving your little one a bath to keep it safe and fun.