Family bathrooms aren’t just for adults; they are designed for our little people too. When it comes to caring for our children, there are certain considerations we all need to keep in mind. We’ve decided to give you a quick run-through of 5 ways to keep your bathroom suitably safe for your kids.
5 Ways to keep the Bathroom Safer for Children:
1. Identify Potential Risks and Hazards
First things first, it’s essential to identify potential risks and hazards. Various hazards will be unanimous for all bathrooms, such as the risk of drowning or burns but some may be unique to your bathroom. Can children reach windows from the sink or bath? Can they easily reach the taps? Young children should never be left unattended in bathrooms. They can simply get up to too much mischief. Pinpoint potential causes for injury or danger in your bathroom; is the medicine cabinet within reach with medicines stocked at the front? Are there lots of lotions and potions that children could potentially ingest? You’ll also want to ensure that you always watch your child. Don’t entrust them to siblings that are close in age because the risk of play or arguments escalating out of control is real.
2. Always Observe Activity
One of the very real risks posed to children in bathrooms is the chance of drowning. To eradicate this risk, you should always be with your child when they are in the bathroom. Never leave them unattended whatsoever, but especially not with deep water. Always empty the bath and make sure that shampoos, conditioners and cleaning products are kept at a safe height and distance so that children cannot consume them or accidentally get products into their eyes.
3.Have Appropriate Flooring
Another very real risk is the potential of slipping and sliding. Polished work surfaces are sleek and streamlined areas of interest for adults but for kids they are hazardous. You can use a non-skid decal or rubber bath mat inside the bath to minimise the risk of slipping. Naturally you’ll also want to educate your child on the importance of slowly and steadily getting into the bath. Keep the floor dry and dry your child’s feet or teach them to dry their own. Teach your child to play appropriately in the water, for example no running/jumping in the bath.
4.Remove any Burn Risk
Hot water can cause burns to fragile children’s skin. If possible, make sure your child cannot reach or turn the taps. You can also cover a spout and teach your child about the dangers of touching hot water. It’s useful to have a first aid kit on standby in the event that your child does come into contact with hot water so that you can quickly rectify the situation. Again, being present with your child diminishes any risk.
5.Keep Medicines and Prescriptions Out of Reach
Most medicines and prescriptions are stored in the bathroom. Keep them high up and out of reach, in their original bottles and labelled. Make sure your child does not confuse them with sweets. Teach them never to ingest anything in the cupboards. Children sometimes confuse safety with rules to be broken so keep medicines in large quantities or high doses in locked drawers, accessible only by you or move them out of the bathroom entirely and store them safely in your bedroom.