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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: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.



  1. Safe Kids Canada (2011). Make bath time a safe and happy experience for you and your child. Also available online:


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised March 8, 2013

Last Revised: March 8, 2013

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