Bathroom Safety for Toddlers

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The easiest way to avoid bathroom injuries is to make sure your baby can’t access bathrooms in your home without an adult.  Consider taking these precautions:

Keep the bathroom door closed. Bathrooms can be dangerous for many reasons. The best way to avoid accidents is to keep young children out.  Install a safety latch or doorknob cover on the outside of the door. It’s also a good idea to install childproof locks on toilets lids.

Reduce water temperature.  Make sure the thermostat on your hot water heater is set below 120 F. Don’t run the faucet while your baby is in the tub.  Instead, fill it and test the water temperature before placing your baby in the water.  Consider installing anti-scald devices on bathtub faucets and shower heads.

Supervise bath time.  Never leave a child alone or in the care of another child in the bathtub.  A child can drown in just a few inches of water.  Drain water from the tub immediately after use.  Remember, infant bath seats or supporting rings aren’t a substitute for adult supervision.

Safely store hazardous objects and substances.  Make sure electrical appliances, such as hair dryers, are unplugged and out of your child’s reach.  Don’t allow electrical cords to dangle where your child could tug on them.  Keep substances in a cabinet that locks automatically every time you close it.  Hazardous substances in the bathroom might include nail polish remover, mouthwash, medications and bathroom cleaners.  Dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medicines.

Address slippery or uneven surfaces.  Use a rubber pad or slip resistant stickers in the bathtub to help prevent slipping.  Place a bath mat with a non-skid bottom on the bathroom floor.  Clean spills quickly.

Reference:  Guide to your Baby’s First Year

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