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Bathing Babies (cont.)

Suggestions for Keeping the Bathroom Safe

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  • 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 (

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2015

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