A bathroom can be a dangerous place if precautions are not taken while using it. There are many ways in which a person might get hurt while in the bathroom. The danger of getting injuries is even greater when children are using it or when you are with your toddler.
To ensure safety behind the bathroom door, there are certain things that you should consider. In the following section, we will discuss all those important things that will help you to make your bathroom safer for kids.
- Avoid Rushing – Rushing in a bathroom should always be avoided as it increases the probability of getting injured. Don’t rush into the bathroom for any task, and especially when you kids are with you.
- Children Must Be Accompanied By An Adult – Do not let your child(ren) go alone in the bathroom for taking a shower or for washing face. Most bathroom injuries occur to children when they are alone in the bathroom. You have to make sure that an adult is accompanying and supervising the child in the bathroom. Also, ensure that door of the bathroom is locked when no one is using it. This will disallow your child(ren) to enter the bathroom while playing accidentally.
- Eliminate the Possibility of Drowning – If you are bathing your child in a tub, then make sure that the tub is not filled up to the brim. Do not leave your child alone or unattended in the tub to fetch something or even to look who is at the door. If for some reason, you must come outside the bathroom, then use a towel to wrap the child and take the toddler with you.
- Minimize the Total Number of Bath Toys – Bath toys are excellent for distracting babies while bathing them. However, a large number of bath toys may account for a fall or slipping and thus causing an injury. Thus, limit the total number of bath toys you have for your toddler. Also, make sure that the toys are not scattered in the bathroom or shower space. With a showerhead looking like a Mickey Mouse your kids will always have great time showering.
- Pets Should not be allowed Inside the Bathroom – While going inside the bathroom with your baby, do not let your pets inside, as your child may fall off while playing with them. It is an important precaution for both the safety of your child as well as your pet animal.
- Avoid Scalds and Hot Water Burns – Scalds and hot water burns are very dangerous and cause a lot of pain. Moreover, in severe cases, a visible scar may remain for a fairly long time at the injury spot. Child skin is way much more delicate and sensitive than compared to an adult. In fact, child skin is almost 15 times thinner than an adult’s skin. This makes children more vulnerable to scalds and hot water burns. To avoid such injury, always check the temperature of the water before putting your child into the bath tub. It is important for parents to teach their children not to touch anything in the bathroom or shower without permission. This can easily be avoided if you install thermostatic shower panel or use thermostatic shower valve which provide constant water temperature.
- Preventing Slips and Falls inside the Bathroom – Chances of slipping and falling are always high inside a bathroom, for both adults as well as children. However, the possibility of having a slip and fall is greater among children because of the higher center of gravity and tendency to topple in the forward direction. To avoid slipping, place non-skid decals and mats inside the bath tub. You should thoroughly dry your child’s feet as well as the floor to minimize chances of falling.
- Install Grab Bars – Children easily loses balances, and when it comes to the bathroom, the chances are manifold. It is advised that you should install grab rails or grab bars nearby the bathtub so that your child has support to maintain balance.
- Use Soaps and Shampoos That Are Child-Friendly – Most soaps and shampoos have chemicals that can irritate baby skin. Due to the higher sensitivity of child skin, red blotches and rashes occur. To avoid this, you should buy specific soaps and shampoos for you child that do not contain any harmful chemicals and are children-friendly.
- Place Bathroom Cleaners and Other Chemicals Away From Children – Children have a habit of placing things inside their mouth, and this may result in a bigger problem. It is a good idea to place bathroom cleaners and other harmful substances away from the reach of children. You can use a cabinet for placing chemicals and other harmful substances securely.
- Ensure Proper Lighting Inside the Bathroom – Ample lighting is essential inside the bathroom to avoid mishaps. Having improper vision due to dim light may result in your child to trip and get an injury. Replace faulty and underpowered bulbs with new bulbs that have better illumination. This is one of the most common things to keep in mind while using the bathroom.
- Avoid Using Phones – While bathing your child, you should completely focus on the task and avoid yourself indulging in other activities like talking on a phone. By talking on a phone, you lose your attention, and this might increase the chances of an injury to your child. You should always bring the phone inside the bathroom for emergency situations, but do not have to answer it while bathing your child.
- Keep Electric Appliances Away from Wet Areas of Bathroom – Placing electric appliances such as hairdryers, radio, and heaters inside the bathroom. If you have to use an electric appliance inside the bathroom, then be sure to keep them away from wet areas and unplug them while not in use. Negligence handling of electric appliances inside the bathroom can lead to electric shocks ad severe injuries to both, you and your child.
- Avoid Bathing Your Child Everyday – Due to the delicate skins of children, it is advised not to bathe them on a daily basis. If you are not living in a very hot place, then you should bath your child twice or thrice in a week.
Follow at least some of these tips and enjoy bathing with your children. Do you have some more great safety tips you are using? Let us know in comments below.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post