Bath Time for Babies and Children: How to Keep Them Safe in the Tub

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by Azure Sullivan

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05.07.2022

Kids health secrets how to keep babies safe during bath time

It’s finally bath time! You’ve got the baby in one arm and all of the supplies you need in the other. But before you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind. Bathing a baby or child can be a fun and relaxing experience, as long as it’s done safely. In this blog post, we will discuss how to keep your little one safe while they’re taking a bath.

To start, always make sure that the water is not too hot. A baby or child can be scalded or burned quickly with water temperatures are too hot. These burns can happen in seconds. Safe bath water is between 98.6 and 102.2 degrees fahrenheit. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using warm (not hot) water when bathing babies and children.

How Scalds Happen

  • Baby or child is placed in a hot tub or sink
  • Child accidentally put a hand or foot under the tap with hot water running
  • Water in the bath is not distributed resulting in hot areas
  • Faucet is accidentally turned on by a child

Tips for Preventing Scalds

  1. Check the water temperature; this can be done with a thermometer or by dipping your arm or forearm in the water. If you skin turns red or you have pain the water is too hot.
  2. Ensure that water coming out of your faucets does not exceed 122 degrees fahrenheit (50 degrees celcius). This can be done by setting your water heater or having a plumber help
  3. Install anti-scald devices; can be installed by a plumber
  4. Utilize tap or faucet guards that prevent your baby or child from accidentally turning on the water.
  5. Turn on the cold water first and make sure the water has been evenly distributed to prevent hot areas.

Soaps/Detergent

When giving your child a bath, be sure to use a gentle soap that won’t irritate their skin. Avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals, such as detergents, scents, or other additives. Plain old soap and water is usually all you need.

Bath Toys

Be careful when adding any toys to the bathtub. Some toys may contain small parts that can pose a choking hazard for young children. If you do choose to give your child toys in the bath, be sure to watch them carefully and take the toy away as soon as they’re done playing with it.

Supervision

Finally, never leave your child unattended in the bathtub. Even if you’re just stepping out of the room for a few seconds, it’s not safe to leave them alone or with another child. If something were to happen, they could easily drown. So always be close by when your child is taking a bath.

With these tips in mind, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable bath time experience for your little one. Follow these simple guidelines and your child will be squeaky clean and safe!

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Authored by Azure Sullivan

Medically reviewed by Dr. Christopher Haines

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