Bath time very quickly becomes a regular part of your daily routine with young children. However as children get older it can be easy to leave the children unattended while you set about getting dinner ready, or start catching up on your bookwork. However it is important to remember that while your children may have become accustomed to baths and bath time, there are still some serious risks in leaving children unattended.
Bathrooms can play host to a whole range of different dangers, and sometimes the bathwater can be the least of your problems. Children under 6 years of age should never be left in the bathroom unattended, but children aged 8 or 9 can still get into dangerous situations when left unattended. Follow these top tips to make sure that your bathroom is a safe and clean environment for children.
Bathroom cabinets can contain a vast array of different creams, lotions, oils and scented soaps, all of which are probably harmful if ingested, or applied to sensitive areas of the skin. Lock up all your cabinet medicines in overhead cabinets, and keep the bathroom cleaning solutions away from low hanging cupboards, keeping it out of sight where possible.
Slips, Falls and Burns
Use non slip matts for both the floor of the bath and the floor of the bathroom, to prevent falls and slips. Bathrooms are full of awkward edges which can cause a nasty bump or bruise, so non slip mats are essential. Rubber mats are an efficient non-slip mat, as they can be easily wiped down and cleaned after each use.
Try to discourage splashing in the bath tub, unless it is gentle or towards an adjacent wall, as spills and puddles can be a slip hazard for when children get out of the tub.
Check the taps after running a bath to ensure that the metal is not too hot, as a child could lean on the taps and be burned by the hot metal. Likewise check to make sure that the water run in the bath is not too hot by using the inside of your wrist or the inside of your elbow, as the skin there is more sensitive to the heat.
It may be tempting to leave younger children in the care of their older siblings while you get on with other chores in the house, but this is unfair as it puts needless responsibility on the older sibling, plus they may not be able to deal with a sudden emergency as quickly or effectively as an adult can. There should always be an adult supervising the bathroom during bath time.
Never leave young children unattended in the bathroom, or if you absolutely have to leave them, make sure to keep the door open so that you can easily hear any accidents, and try to return to supervising them as soon as possible, or have your partner sit with them for a few minutes while you do what you need to. Stay vigilant and you can greatly reduce the number of accidents occurring at bath time!
Author: Kate Varners is a design interior enthusiast and loves the thrill of a new project. With a discerning eye and a passion for the smallest of details, Kate also enjoys writing about bathroom projects and topics for TBBC Bathrooms.