Bath time can be fun. But you need to be very careful with your child around water. Most drowning deaths in children happen at home, most times when the caregiver leaves a child alone in the bathroom. Do not leave your child alone around water, not even for a few seconds.
These tips can help you prevent accidents in the bath:
You will need to be extra careful when bathing your newborn:
Other tips that can protect your child in the bathroom are:
Talk with your child’s doctor if you have questions about the safety of your bathroom or your child’s bathing routine.
Bathing safety tips; Infant bathing; Newborn bathing; Bathing your newborn baby
Brenner RA, et al. Prevention of drowning in infants, children, and adolescents. A technical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention). Pediatrics. 2003 August; 112( 2): 437-439.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Policy statemet -- prevention of drowning. Pediatrics. Aug 2010;116: 178-185.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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