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Rub a dub dub ... keep your child safe in the tub!

Never, ever leave your baby or young child alone in the bathroom. And, to prevent accidents in the bathroom, here are some safety tips for you to remember:

  • Keep bathroom doors closed.
  • Children younger than 6 years old should not be left unattended in the bathtub. They should also not be left alone in the bathroom if there is water in the bathtub.
  • Prevent slipping in the tub by using non-skid decals or by using a rubber mat inside the tub.
  • Dry the floor and your child's feet after a bath to prevent slipping.
  • Older siblings bathing with younger ones should NOT be put in charge of a younger child's safety. There should be an adult in the bathroom during bath time.
  • Prevent injuries or burns from faucets by covering the spout, blocking your child's reach to the spout, and teaching your child not to touch the spout.
  • Keep the temperature on your hot water heater set below 120 degrees F.
  • Keep all electronic items unplugged while your child is in the bathroom. Store all cleaning products out of the bathroom or in a locked cabinet.

For more information on child safety in the bathroom, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000154.htm.

June 2011