The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house — for those of any age. When it comes to kids, you need to be particularly careful because they simply don’t know any better.
The following steps can help you practice good bathroom safety for kids, so you can ensure your child doesn’t encounter any mishaps.
Keep the Bathroom Locked When Not in Use
Hands down, the best way to avoid injuries in the bathroom is to make sure your kids are only in the bathroom when supervised. By keeping the door locked, you avoid letting your kids push their way in whenever they want. This could mean using a lock, but it might also mean installing a latch out of their reach.
One thing to be aware of is that any lock you install on the bathroom should be something you can unlock from the outside. On the off chance your child locks themselves in the bathroom, you will be able to unlock the door.
Always Supervise Your Child
Children can drown in even just a few inches of water. So until your children have reached an age and maturity level where you are confident in their ability to be safe in the bathroom, you should never leave your child alone.
If someone comes to the door of the phone rings and you must open it, wrap your child in a towel and take them with you.
But what about the bath seat, doesn’t that keep your baby safe? Bath seats are designed to be bathing aids. They do not prevent drowning if your child is unattended and slips into the water. This is why you should never leave your child in the bath. To ensure you aren’t tempted to do so, try making sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach before starting their bath.
Help Your Children Avoid Falling
Slipping and falling is a potential issue for individuals of all ages. It just happens to be the nature of water making surfaces slippery. To help protect your child, place no-slip strips on the bottom of the bathtub. You can also place a cushioned cover over the water faucet so your kid won’t be injured if they fall and hit their heat. A toilet lid lock is another way to help prevent any potential issues.
Keep Your Kid from Being Scalded
Your child’s skin is much thinner and more sensitive than your own. They can easily be scalded by water that you would think is just fine. To prevent scalding make sure the hot water is no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before placing your child in the tub or shower, test the water with your wrist or elbow. Also, once your child is old enough to start running their own bath or starting their own shower, teach them to start with the cold water first.
Prevent Overdose & Abuse
Child-resistant caps are not childproof. This is why it is essential to keep all your medicines out of reach from your children. Consider storing them in a high medicine cabinet. The same is true of cosmetics, soaps, and shampoos which can be deadly. You ill also want to think about where you store your clean supplies. If you can’t store them up and out of reach of your children, place a safety latch or lock on the door to keep your child from being able to access them.
Keep Electrical Appliances Stored in a Safe Place
There are a variety of electrical appliances that are commonly used in the bathroom, including hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners and electric razors. Make sure these items are unplugged and stored in a cabinet with a safety lock when they are not in use. You might also consider using and storing your electrical appliances in another room. But if you do so, make sure you keep them stored in a safe place out of reach.
Cover Electrical Outlets
If there are any electrical outlets your child could reach, make sure to cover them. Little fingers love to explore — meaning this can be a quick way for your child to be electrocuted. Keeping them covered allows you to avoid this potential mishap.