Friday, November 27, 2015

Bathroom Safety Tips for Children

Three years ago, my son had a burn accident. It happened during his bath time when he accidentally picked up the water thermos containing hot water. Unfortunately, the spout of the thermos was left open that caused the water to came out and burnt almost half of his face and chest. He suffered second degree burn. It was my worst day ever that is haunting me until now.

Hot water scald is just one of the possible accidents that may happen during bath time and inside the bathroom. Accidents do happen anytime and prevention must be our top priority. Below are some bathroom safety tips, especially for children.

Bath time Safety

Never leave your child alone in the bathroom. Do not allow your child to take a bath without adult supervision.

Always check the water temperature before placing your child in the bathtub or shower. If you don’t have a water heater inside the bathroom and is using hot water from thermos or kettle, make sure it is out of reach of your child. Hot water scald is the most common and severe type of childhood burn just like what happened to my son.

Avoid using baby bath seats because it will not help prevent drowning.

To prevent slipping, make sure to dry the floor and your child's feet after a bath. You can put slip-resistant mats inside and outside of the bathtub or shower. Also, teach your child not to run in the bathroom because of the risk of slipping on a wet floor.

Bathtub Safety

If you have a bathtub at home, always empty the tub after baths and make sure it is really empty before you leave the bathroom. Bathtubs like freestanding tubsCanada, must have handholds or grab bars to prevent falling and drowning.

Put a non-slid decals or rubber mat inside the tub to prevent slipping.

Prevent Drowning

Always close the door, when the bathroom is not being used.

Toddlers are always curious. So when the bathroom is not being used, always close the door.

In case your toddler likes checking the toilet bowl, you can use a lid lock to prevent him from opening it.

Empty all the buckets inside the bathroom after using them.

To prevent other injuries, keep other items in your bathroom that may hurt your child out of their reach. Free the bathroom of sharp points and edges by using cushioned or rounded edges on all bath or shower fixtures. When your child is in the bathroom, keep all electronic items unplugged. Take away all cleaning products out of the bathroom and store these in a locked cabinet.

Those are safety tips in the bathroom. It's very important that these are properly communicated to everyone at home, especially when you are not around. We can not say when accident will happen so it's better to be safe than sorry.

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