guidance from Child Accident Prevention Trust
- test the bath water with your elbow before putting your baby or toddler into the water – it should not feel either hot or cold. CAPT’s advice is that you should have a thermostatic mixing valve fitted to your bath hot tap to control the temperature of the water that comes out of it, to stop your child being badly scalded
- stay with your baby or toddler all the time they are in the bath – never leave them even for a moment, even if there is an older brother or sister in the bath with them
- if you use a bath seat remember that it’s not a safety device and you will still need to stay with your baby all the time
- empty the bath as soon as you’ve taken the child out
- keep cleaning products high up out of reach or, if necessary, fit safety catches to low cupboard doors where they are kept. Try to choose cleaning products that contain a bittering agent. It helps to prevent children swallowing the contents as it makes them taste nasty
- teach young people to keep mains-powered electrical appliances out of the bathroom, or anywhere else that wires could trail into water. This includes hairdryers, hair straighteners and plugged-in radios – even if they are plugged in outside the room.
- use a non-slip bath mat in the bath or shower to prevent your toddler falling
- if you have a lock on your bathroom door, make sure it’s high enough to stop your toddler locking him or herself in, or that it can be opened from the outside
Written by the Child Accident Prevention Trust. See their website for details of CAPT publications, Child Safety Week and their work keeping babies and children safe www.capt.org.uk
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