Water, slippery baby, and more, oh my! Check out these safety tips to keep your little ones safe during bathtime.
- Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Please do not leave your child alone in the bathtub. Also, a baby should never be left in the care of an older sibling during a bath.
- Gather all necessary bath supplies such as towels before you begin to add water to the tub. Ensure supplies are within your reach for bathing.
- Fill the tub only as much as required for bathing your infant.
- Prevent falls in the bathtub or shower with non-skid bathmats (full-length styles for maximum coverage are best).
- Install a soft tub spout cover to protect your child’s head from bumps.
- Ensure appliances are not plugged in — hairdryers, curling irons, and electric razors.
- Store cleaners, medicines, toiletries, mouthwash, razors, and other dangers up and away in a locked cabinet or closet, not under the bathroom sink.
- If a bath seat is used, it is designed to only provide a helping hand for children who can sit upright. A bath seat will not prevent an infant from drowning. Parents should carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.
- Help prevent hot water scald burns by lowering the setting on your hot water heater thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
- Check the water temperature before placing your baby in the bath tub.
- Empty the water in your bathtub completely before you leave the room when bathtime is finished.
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