Bathing Babies (cont.)
Suggestions for Keeping the Bathroom Safe
- Keep bathroom doors closed at all times. Install a hook-and-eye latch, a doorknob cover on the outside of the door, or reverse the doorknob so that the lock is on the outside.
- Toilet lid-locking devices are extremely important once a baby begins to crawl, pull up, and walk. It's possible to prevent serious injuries and drowning by installing one of these simple devices.
- Cabinet and drawer latches are a necessity in the bathroom. Use safety latches that are available for kitchen cupboards and drawers.
- Medicine cabinets should be free of medications, vitamins, mouthwash, and eye-care products. Move them to a high shelf in a hall closet and insist on childproof caps for all medications, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs (ask the pharmacist to switch them). Special medicine lock boxes are available as well.
- Faucet covers fit directly over a protruding bathtub faucet. They are essential for bathing toddlers and older children because they often prevent scalding and head injuries.
- Hair dryers, radios, and other electrical appliances should not be kept in the bathroom. Store them in a safe place out of a child's reach.
- Be mindful of items left out such as razors on the edge of the bathtub or sink.
- For more information on bath safety and other nursery equipment, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site (http://www.cpsc.gov).
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
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