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Child Safety: Bathing

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Many near-drownings and drownings occur in the bathtub. Children are easily burned by hot water. Prevent these bath related injuries by following these recommendations:footnote 1

  • Never leave a baby alone in the bathtub, even for a moment. Always keep the baby within arm's reach.
  • Never leave children in charge of watching their younger siblings while bathing, even if they are in the tub with them. Drowning can occur very quickly and silently.
  • Do not use a bath seat or ring. They are not safe.
  • Set your hot water heater to 49°C (120°F) or less.

Prevent slipping by installing non-slip strips or mats on the bottom of the bathtub. Always drain the water from the tub right away after the bath.

References

Citations

  1. Safe Kids Canada (2011). Make bath time a safe and happy experience for you and your child. Also available online: http://www.safekidscanada.ca/parents/safety-information/home-safety/bath-time/bath-time.aspx.

Credits

Current as of: August 21, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
John Pope MD - Pediatrics

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