Every year, more than 3.4 million child injuries and 2,300 deaths are attributed to unintentional household accidents. Many of these accidents occur in bathrooms where there is an increased risk of falls, drowning, and scalding burns.
Taking the time to understand the hazards that are present in your bathroom can go a long way in ensuring your child’s safety.
Young children can drown in only a few inches of water. As such, it is important that you never leave your little one alone in the bath tub – not even for a moment. If you must leave the bathroom, wrap your child in a towel and take him with you. Also, when you are supervising your child’s bath time, make sure you are within arm’s reach at all times. It only takes in instant for an accident to happen.
Take the time to install no-slip strips in your bathtub. As your child becomes more mobile, they will want to explore the bathtub and slip and fall accidents can happen. Also, put a cushioned cover over the water faucet so your child won’t be hurt if he bumps his head against it. Finally, make sure the floor is dry after bath time.
To prevent scalding injuries, keep your water heater below 120 degrees. Before placing your child in the water, test the water with your wrist or elbow. Finally, when you child is old enough to turn the faucets, make sure they learn to start with cold water first.
Make sure electrical appliances like hair dryers and straighteners are unplugged and stored away when not in use. These can pose both electrical hazards as well as burn hazards. You may even consider using electrical appliances in rooms other than the bathroom out of an abundance of caution.
There are a number of safety devices that can be installed to make your bathroom safer for an infant or toddler. These include safety latches on cabinets, toilet locks, anti-scalding devices, electrical plugs, and even gates to prevent unsupervised entry to bathroom completely.