National Bath Safety Month

Current and prospective adoptive parents should learn how to keep bath time safe for little ones.

baby-bath-tub-44606839January is National Bath Safety Month, and therefore an obvious opportunity to learn (or review) some important basics as it relates to keeping bathing safe for children. This is serious subject matter, as evidenced by the fact that the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated that 434 children under the age of 5 died from drowning in a bathtub between the years of 2006 and 2010. For the full 2012 report on bath-related incidents, click on the following link:

Health and fitness writer Nicole Falcone shared some great tips in an article written for entitled, “4 Tips for National Bath Safety Month.” Here they are:

Stay with her. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 4 and under always have a parent or caregiver present when they are near water, including the tub. Accidents can happen in an instant.

Prevent slips. Young children do not have the coordination or strength to hold steady if they lose their balance. Affix a slip-resistant plastic mat that suctions to the bottom of the tub and make sure the throw rug outside the tub does not slide when stepped on. Consider installing a grab bar for kids to hold onto when stepping in and out of the bath.

Test the temperature. Always wait until the tub is finished filling up before placing your child in the water, as the temperature can change. Set your home’s water heater to deliver water no hotter than 120 degrees to lower the risk of scalding. If you don’t have control over the heater, buy an anti-scald device that attaches to the faucet.

Beware of sharp edges. Use a rubber cover for the faucet head and drape a towel over metal rails for shower doors when your child is in the bath. Make sure any glass shower doors are made of shatterproof glass. Avoid bath toys with hard edges or points that could be hazardous if your child falls onto them.