You probably know how dangerous bathrooms can be for kids. Because of the presence of water, the area is generally more dangerous 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 below two years old, are top-heavy and are generally more prone to drowning. However, if you want peace of mind, you should also work on making your bathroom a safer place for kids.
By childproofing your bathroom, you can help reduce risks and turn it into a pleasant place for bathtime and bonding. This can help reduce accidents and injuries as well.
Looking for ways to avoid bathroom hazards? Here are some useful tips:
Practically everything in the bathroom is a safety hazard, so the easiest way to keep your bathroom safe is to keep children away 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, also make sure that you can lock the door from the outside just in case. Of course, these steps do not guarantee that your bathroom is 100% safe, but it will give you peace of mind that your child won’t be drinking shampoo or playing with the water in the toilet while you are not looking.
Electrical outlets are dangerous…. And the danger is increased even more because of easy water access in the bathroom. Hair dryers, curling irons and other cosmetic tools should be stored properly and electrical cords should be kept out of reach.
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 the hot water. Always test the temperature -ideally with a thermometer- of the bath water to ensure that it’s not too hot.
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 a non-slip mat that has suction cups to prevent the mat from moving around the bathroom floor.
Some kids have the habit of putting things in their mouths. This can be very dangerous if medication is involved. Make sure to hide prescription drugs and aspirins. Also, make sure to hide sharp objects such as nail cutters. Basically, the rule is to hide anything which could harm your child or anything that could end up in your child’s stomach.
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