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    Child Safety: Bathing

    Child Safety: Bathing

    Topic Overview

    Many near-drowning and drowning accidents occur in the bathtub and can be prevented by following these recommendations: 1

    • Never leave a baby alone in the bathtub, even for a moment. Always keep the baby within arm's reach.
    • Never leave children in charge of watching their younger siblings while bathing, even if they are in the tub with them. Drowning can occur very quickly and silently.
    • A bath seat or ring does not prevent drowning. Do not assume a baby or young child is safe when he or she is left alone or with an older sibling while supported by these devices.
    • Install nonslip strips or mats on the bottom of the bathtub.
    • Always drain the water from the tub immediately after the bath.

    References

    Citations

    1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (2012). Prevent child in-home drowning deaths. CPSC Document No. 5013. Available online:

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Last Revised January 22, 2013

    Last Revised: January 22, 2013

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