Bathing safety is one of the most crucial aspects of caring for the child in the initial stages. The most essential part of parenting is keeping you're child safe at all times. The bathroom is a risky area, where maximum number of accidents takes place. That's why parents need to understand that bathing is an activity which can bring immense joy to the child, but without ample precautions it can lead to issues such as falls, cuts and probably more serious things such as drowning.
Here are a few things that you can keep in mind while bathing a child.
1. The Bathroom Floor
Anyone can fall in a bathroom and children are more vulnerable
because of their high activity level. Their skin is softer and hence
injuries can cause more damage. These injuries are accelerated with a
wet floor but they can be avoided by placing a non skid bath mat and by
ensuring that there isn't any water on the floor. Place a rug outside
the bathtub as well as the bathroom door as the smallest amount of
water on the floor can cause a fall.
2. Before the Bath
The child's skin is tender, it can get burned easily, and therefore the parent needs to check the water temperature before anything else. Special water thermometers are now available to help you in this task. Also prior to the bath ensure that all the supplies such as clothes and towels are at an arm's reach.
3. During the Bath
The amount of water required is very less, around belly-button height is more than enough for a child .Once the child has entered a Bathtub, the parent needs to pay complete attention as drowning is a common phenomenon. Parents need to ensure that the child is never left unattended because of a phone call or a doorbell.
Never use strong soaps and shampoos, always go for the milder ones
customized specially for young skin. Also don't try these products on
the child's face and read the instructions to prevent a rash or an
4. Electricity and Water
These are two things that don't mix and never will. Appliances such
as hair irons should not be plugged in when not in use. Electrocution
can occur if wet hands touch the plug or if these appliances fall into
water. Therefore all the plugs must have covers and appliances must be
unplugged when not in use.
5. Keep the Doctor Away
Medications, personal care and cleaning products must be locked and kept out of the child's reach. Cupboards or cabinets can be used along with child resistant locks.
6. Lock it Up
The bath needs to be emptied as soon as you are done with it. Later close and lock the bathroom door so that the children are not able to reach any water sources on their own.
Accidents are a common happening, but can be prevented with precautions. Everyone must remember that though the bathroom is a risky place, it can also create the most enjoyable environment for a child, provided there is ample supervision and care taken at all times.