You probably already know how dangerous bathrooms can be for kids. Because of the presence of water, the area is generally more unsafe than the other parts of the house. If left unsupervised, a child can easily slip and fall or get scalded in the bathroom.
It goes without saying that a child should never be left unsupervised in the bathroom. Children, especially the ones under two years old, are top-heavy and more prone to drowning. However, if you want peace of mind, you should work on making your bathroom a safer place for kids.
By childproofing your bathroom, you can reduce risk and turn it into a pleasant place for bath time and bonding. This can help prevent accidents and injuries as well.
Looking for ways to avoid bathroom hazards? Here are some useful tips.
Restrict Access To The Bathroom
Practically everything in the bathroom is a safety hazard, so the easiest way to keep your bathroom safe is to keep children away from the area when they are unsupervised by an adult. You can do this by installing a lock or latch installed above your child’s reach. As a precaution, make sure that you can lock the door from the outside. Of course, these steps do not guarantee that your bathroom will be 100% safe, but it will give you peace of mind that your child won’t be drinking shampoo or playing with the toilet water while you are not looking.
Block Access To Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets are dangerous, and the danger increases because of water in the bathroom. See to it that hair dryers, curling irons, and other cosmetic tools are stored properly and that electrical cords are kept out of reach.
Control The Water Temperature
For safety, adjust your water heater so that the maximum temperature is not higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps reduce the possibility that your child’s skin will get burned upon coming into contact with hot water. Always test the temperature―ideally with a thermometer―of the bath water to ensure that it’s not too hot.
Use Non-Slip Mats
A lot of kids haven’t mastered coordination yet. Allowing them to walk on a slippery floor is practically asking for disaster. A non-slip mat can help prevent accidents as your little one walks around the bathroom after soaking in the tub. Look for one that has suction cups to prevent it from moving around the bathroom floor when someone steps on it.
Some kids have a habit of putting things in their mouths. This can be very dangerous if medication is involved. Make sure to hide prescription drugs. Also, store away sharp objects such as nail cutters. Basically, the rule is to hide anything that can harm your child or anything that can end up in your child’s stomach.
Epsom Salt For A Better Bath
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