For small children and babies, the bathroom can be one of the hazardous rooms in the house. The following tips will help you keep your precious little ones safe:
- Try to keep your young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised by keeping the door shut. For extra safety, why not install a lock high up on the outside.
- Children are often fascinated by water and amazed by the splash when an object is dropped into water, thus making the toilet a great new play toy. To an uncoordinated and extremely top-heavy tot, this is dangerous and not to mention unhygienic toy. If your child was to lean over to peer into the toilet bowl, they could easily lose their balance, fall in headfirst, and drown in as little as an inch of water. So always try to remember to keep the toilet lid down and install a toilet lock to prevent your child from lifting the lid.
- Put razors, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, and other sharp utensils in a locked or high cabinet, well out of your child’s reach.
- Keep all cosmetics and medications — including prescription drugs, painkillers and mouthwash (which contains more alcohol than wine does) — in a high cabinet secured with a child-safety lock. Even medications that have safety caps, which are only child-resistant and not childproof, need to be placed out of reach.
- Most bathrooms do not have plug sockets, but if yours does or you use electrical items in the bathrooms such as electric toothbrushes or shavers ensure that you unplug them. Water conducts electricity, so if one of these items was to fall into the bath while you were giving your child a bath, it could electrocute you both. To be extra safe, make sure all electrical outlets near the sink or tub are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), an inexpensive device that senses a change in the current and quickly stops the flow of electricity. GFCIs are standard in most new homes to comply with construction codes, but if you have an older home, an electrician may need to replace the bathroom outlets.
- If possible set your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). A lower water temperature helps ensure safe bathing by reducing the chance of scalding (it takes just three seconds for a child to get a serious burn). You can also install an anti-scalding device on your faucets.
- Place a nonslip rubber mat in the bathtub and a nonslip bath mat on the floor next to the tub to prevent falls.
- Never leave your child alone in the bathtub, not even for a moment. If the doorbell rings, scoop him up in a towel and take him with you.
This information have been taken from the babycentre.com website.