Best Bathroom Safety for Children Tips: Dangers at Home Series

Bathroom Dangers for Children

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Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old. In children under one, drowning happens most commonly in the bathtub. Scariest part? It takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown. This is why bathroom safety for children is critical and requires constant diligence.

I can remember getting irritated and frustrated with our first child when I was in the bathroom trying to get ready for work in the mornings. She was always getting into everything. She’d knock over the trash can, try to climb into the bathtub, open the cabinet under the sink. One time she even pulled out the bucket of medication I kept under the sink. In hindsight, I realize that these could have all had detrimental outcomes.

Bathroom Hazards

This time, I’m a little more cognizant of the inherent dangers in the bathroom. But, just to make sure I didn’t miss any, I let my almost one year old (with enough mobility to make her dangerous) loose in our bathroom and observed all the ways she could try to hurt herself. I’m calling it a bathroom risk assessment. Don’t worry- no babies were harmed in the writing of this post. But it did give me some great insight into what potential dangers could be lurking in the bathroom AND some bathroom safety for children ideas.

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Bathroom safety for children

There are two main ways a child can get hurt in the bathroom. The first is when they’re taking a bath. And the second is when they’re just IN the bathroom because you’re going potty, or bathing another child, brushing your teeth, etc. Each situation presents unique (and uniquely frustrating) bathroom safety for children concern.

Taking a Bath

  • Hands-on
    • Always keep one hand on (or near) your child. Accidents can happen SO FAST in the bathtub, and you don’t want to waste any extra time. Keeping one hand on your child is an easy and effective way to guarantee a quick response if the baby starts to slip or ends up face down in the water.
  • Bath seats
    • Between 1983 and 2003, 106 babies drowned because they were left unattended in bath rings or seats, according to the CPSC. Bath seats and rings help a baby sit up in the tub, but they can be a drowning hazard if you leave babies alone for even a few seconds. The suction cups on the bottom can suddenly release and allow them to tip over or slide between the legs and become trapped underwater. Bath seats are not safety devices!

I’m going to level with you.

I have an old school bath seat with the suction cups on the bottom. It’s so old that they don’t even make seats like them anymore, and I’m sure it’s because they’re not safe. Here’s the thing; it’s saved my sanity more than once and allowed me to bathe both of our children together. If you have a bath seat, continue to use it. The biggest lesson here is never to leave your children alone and always be close enough to react quickly should your child slip in their seat.

  • Faucet
    • Bath faucets are concussions just waiting to happen. I can’t tell you how many times our children have come close to whacking their heads on the faucet- and I hate to admit the number of times they’ve successfully hit their heads. The best way to prevent this danger is by keeping children as far away from the faucet as possible. We also have a faucet cover, it doesn’t erase the threat of the faucet, but it does make it hurt a little less if a kid bumps their head. If bathing two children, place the oldest closest to the faucet and the younger child in the back.
  • Water Temperature
    • Little bodies cannot handle boiling water. The old wives tale/suggestion is to test the water temperature with your elbow. Lately, there has been a surge of products that will tell you if the water is too hot for your baby. These products are great! But they’re not always accurate. One of the best strategies to prevent accidental scalding is to set your water heater not to go above 120 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Dry hands
    • Kids become slippery little monsters when it’s time to get them out of the tub. They’re often wriggly, screaming little banshees because they wanted to stay in the water and play. I’ve almost dropped our kids because I’ve picked them up with wet hands (whoops). Wet hands plus a slippery, wet child is a recipe for disaster. Now I dry my hands off right before I pick up a child. It doesn’t make the child any less slippery, but it does give me a little more control until we get to the towel to dry off.

Bathroom safety for children is critical and requires constant diligence. Read my best bathroom safety tips to help keep your kids safe.

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In the Bathroom

  • Toilets
    • I’m not sure why children are obsessed with toilets. Within 30 seconds of entering the bathroom, my child got the toilet seat up and was trying to climb into the toilet. Since children are top heavy, I can see how they could fall right in. The easiest way to prevent this is by adding one of those annoying toilet locks. Just make sure you get one that you can open quickly, but that a child can’t figure out.
  • Cabinet lock
    • We keep all of our extra toiletries under the bathroom sink. After the toilet, this was the most exciting thing in the bathroom to my youngest. She immediately wanted to open the cabinet and pull out everything inside. An easy fix is to add cabinet or drawer locks to your bathroom. I know. They’re annoying. But I’d like to think that preventing my child from drinking the extra shampoo is worth the extra step.

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If adding extra locks to your toilet seat or cabinet is more of a hassle to you, add a childproof lock to the bathroom door and keep the door shut at all times. This will prevent your little explorer from entering the bathroom altogether unless you’re with them and is probably the quickest bathroom safety for children tip you can implement.

Bathroom safety for children is one of the most important precautions you should take when considering all of the potential dangers at home. Knowing that most children die from accidental drownings, taking extra safety measures when bathing or in the bathroom are of extreme importance. I hope these simple strategies help keep your children safe!

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