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Bathtub Safety
Did you know that bathrooms can be the most dangerous plan in your home! Every year over 235,000 people visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Your Bathtub is one of the causes!

Bathroom Safety for Babies, Toddlers and Children by MacKoul Pediatrics Baby, Toddler and Child Safety
  • Use touch supervision. Have a towel and other bath supplies within reach so can keep a hand on your child at all times.
  • Most child drownings inside the home occur in bathtubs, and more than half of bathtub deaths involve children under 1 year of age. In many cases, bathtub drownings happen during a lapse in adult supervision. If you forgot something or need to answer the door, bring your baby/child with you. This is important even if you are using a supportive infant tub or bath seat. Infant bath seats can tip over and the child can slip out of them and drown in even a few inches of water.
  • Check the water temperature. Before putting your baby/child in the bath, check the water temperature with your wrist or elbow. Tap water that's too hat can quickly cause burns serious enough to require a hospital visit or even surgery. In fact, hot water scalds are the top cause of burns among babies and young children.
  • Install no-slip strips on the bottom of the bathtub and/or shower.
  • Electric appliances. Unplug hair dryers, curling irons, razors, etc. and store in a cabinet with a safety lock when they aren't in use. It's better to use them in another room where there is no water.

About author MacKoul Pediatrics

MacKoul Pediatrics is an amazing local pediatrics office in Cape Coral, FL where caring, compassionate doctors and nurses work with you to keep your children as healthy as possible. MacKoul cares for children from birth to college age, from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and beyond.
June 2019


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