Bath safety for your baby or young child

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.

Citations

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (2007). Prevent child in-home drowning deaths. Consumer Product Safety Alert. Available online: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/drown.html.

Last Updated: February 26, 2009

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