National Bath Safety Month
January is National Bath Safety Month. When it comes to splish splashing in the tub, make sure you keep your wee ones safe!
Avoid all distractions that could take you away from the bath and cause you to lose track of time. Put the answering machine on or turn your mobile to silent before you run the bath. Get everything ready in advance so you can stay with your child during bath time – bath toys, towel, face cloth, nappies, diapers and clean clothes. If you must leave the room, take the baby with you.
Here are Health Canada's bath safety guidelines and recommendations for water temperature:
Hot water from the tap should not be more than 49ºC (120ºF). To ensure that your water temperature does not exceed this guideline, you can set your hot water heater thermostat at 49ºC (120ºF) or lower. When filling the tub, turn on the cold water first, then the hot water and then turn off hot water first, then cold water, when your tub is full. Always test the water before putting your child in the tub. Swirl the water in the bath so there are no hot and cold areas.
A best practice is to supervise children in the bath tub at all times, and always keep them in sight and within your reach.
Should you use a Bath Seat?
According to Health Canada, the use of infant bath seats and bath rings has been linked to the drowning death of infants in Canada. Babies have drowned when the suction cups on the bath seat became loose and the bath seat tipped over. The baby can slip through the leg openings. Babies have also been able to climb out of the bath seat. These deaths occurred when the babies were out of their caregiver's sight and reach for only seconds. Health Canada does not recommend the use of bath seats. You should never rely on a bath seat to ensure the safety of a baby in a bath tub.
Once bath time is over, remember to let all the water out right away.
If bath time is stressful because you're doing this at the end of the day when you’ve got lots of other things to do, consider changing your routine to make things easier for you. When too many things are happening at once, it can increase the risk of injuries. Make bath time an enjoyable bonding time for you and your baby.