Keep­ing lit­tle ones safe at bath time

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

To pre­vent ac­ci­dents in the bath­room, never leave your child alone.

Keep bath­rooms closed when they are not be­ing used. Bath time can be bub­bles of fun. But you need to be very care­ful with your child around wa­ter.

Most chil­dren’s drown­ing deaths hap­pen at home, mainly when the care­giver leaves a child alone in the bath­room.

Do not leave your child alone around wa­ter, even for a few sec­onds.

Ba­bies can drown in as lit­tle as five cen­time­tres (two inches) of wa­ter.

Drown­ing is silent so you won’t nec­es­sar­ily hear any noise or strug­gle.

Here are some things you can do to keep your lit­tle ones safe at bath time:

Use toys in the tub to keep your child busy and sit­ting down, and away from the taps.

Stay close enough to your child so that you can reach out and hold them if they slip or fall in the tub.

Use non-skid de­cals or a mat in­side the tub to pre­vent slip­ping.

Keep the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture be­low 45 de­grees (luke­warm) to pre­vent burns. Test the wa­ter first with your el­bow. Keep all sharp ob­jects, such as ra­zors and scis­sors, out of your child’s reach.

Un­plug all elec­tric items, such as hair dry­ers and ra­dios.

Make sure you empty the tub af­ter bath time is over.

Keep the floor and your child’s feet dry to pre­vent slip­ping.

Chil­dren younger than 6 should never be left unat­tended in the bath­tub. They should also not be in the bath­room alone if there is wa­ter in the bath­tub.

Older sib­lings bathing with younger ones should not be put in charge of a younger child’s safety.

There should be al­ways be an adult in the bath­room dur­ing bath time.

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