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Child Safety Tips for Bathroom
If you are the parent of a toddler, here are ﬁve tips to help you keep your child safe while in the bathroom.
1. Never leave your child alone in the tub.
A child in a bathtub requires constant supervision, no exceptions. Do not leave the room to fetch the phone, lo answer the door, or for any other reason. Tragedies can happen in an instant, so you should never be out of eyesight of your toddler in the tub.
2. Keep shampoos, cleaners, and razors out of reach.
lf you tend to store these items on the side or the tub or on a low shelf inside the tub. remove them before placing your toddler into the water.
3. Use a rubberized mat on the bottom of the tub.
A rubberized mat affixed to the bottom of the tub (often with the use of suction cups) can prevent injuries by keeping your child from slipping.
Be sure to remove the mat and allow it to dry after each used avoid the growth of mold or mildew.
4. Cover the faucet.
At most parenting stores, you can ﬁnd soft rubber or foam faucet covers, often in the shape of an animal. Place the cover over the faucet to prevent your child from suffering an injury from banging his or her head on the faucet.
5. Pull the shower curtain out of the reach of your child.
A toddler may be tempted to pull on a curtain, which could result in the curtain rod falling and striking the child on the head. By keeping the curtain out of reach, you can eliminate hazard.
6. Replace toys periodically.
The warm, damp air within a bathroom can result in mold or mildew growing inside certain toys. This is particularly true with toys such as a “rubber ducky" that contains an air hole through which water can enter. Squeeze the water out of these toys after each use and replace as needed.
You do not have to fear your child's bath time, but you do need to treat it seriously and take precautions.
When you take the appropriate steps to minimize the risks, your child can safely play in the tub and enjoy the bath.