Friday, December 15, 2017

Children Bathing Tips and Safety

Cute Baby Boy Bathing
photo by Ruthie Leicht

From the time your baby is born until they are old enough, you should make sure that safety procedures are the primary considerations when you have your children bathing by themselves.

During infancy, always make sure that you are in a warm room and that everything you need like fresh diaper, wash cloth, towel, mild baby soap, cotton swabs, baby skin lotions and a soft brush are near at hand.

When your children reach the age that they can take a bath on their own, never leave them alone to play in tub or shower, keep them supervised. Children bathing love to play with water and with one another – this is fine as long as you are there to you’re your child properly supervised and to avoid any accidents.

If your younger have older siblings, have them join in the younger ones for a more rewarding and enjoyable experience. Regardless if they are still infants or able to take baths on their own, the following are some safety tips and procedures to keep in mind to make your kids’ bathing experience a fun time for them.

  • Keep an eye on your children in bath.
  • Make sure there are no distractions that could take you away while kid’s bathing and having fun.

  • Make sure to check the temperature of the water before letting your children in the bath. As a rule of thumb, check by dipping your hand in up to the wrist to make sure that your skin does not flush otherwise the water is too hot.

  • Always run the hot and cold water together at the same time when children are bathing. Running the hot water alone increases the risk of scalding.

  • Children bathing together love to play, make sure there is only enough water for washing and play. To check, make sure the water reaches up only to a child’s belly button when sitting down.

  • Always turn taps off tightly and make sure that mixer taps are in the cold position, just in case they are able to turn on the water by themselves.

  • Ensure further safety by placing a rubber bathmat inside and outside the tubs when children are bathing.

  • Remind children in bath to sit at all times; if you have to use a stool or a bath seat. This prevents any accidental slippage in the tub or bathroom when kids are bathing.

  • Never leave your child unattended; drowning incidents in less than an inch of water have been documented because kids are unable to stand up.

  • Empty the bath as soon as your children are finished.

Bath time can be fun for mothers and children more especially if safety tips are observed when putting children in bath and afterwards. Always remember that safety comes first in any chores especially children bathing activities.

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