Are there days when out of the blue, your children would opt to spend some time in the bathroom playing with water? Well, children are very fond of finding joy in the most mundane stuff we sometimes take for granted every day. This means that as parents, we have to take extra precaution inside our showers.
To prevent injuries inside the bath, these tips must be taken into consideration:
Make it a point to look after your children
If the children are still too clumsy to walk and stand on their own, make sure that they have someone inside the bathroom with them while taking a bath. Always have adults to watch over the children while in the shower. So, make sure that all the stuff needed such as the towel, fresh clothes, body powder, and other essentials are ready before turning the shower on. This will prevent you from having to leave your child alone in the shower. Well, parents with teenagers are lucky to have a helping hand to look after the little ones for you.
Put hazards away
Make it a point to properly keep things that can cause harm to your children stowed away in a safe place. Sharp and pointed objects like razors and scissors must be kept stored in a secure place. Also, electrical items like your hair blower, hair iron, and electric razors must be unplugged when not in use, and kept in a cabinet children can’t reach. All medicines and harmful substances must be kept locked away as well.
Keep the children from slipping!
Almost all bathrooms, when wet, are slippery. If you’re thinking of building a new house, or renovating an old one, make sure that the tiles you use in the bath are slip-proof. But, yes, these solutions are too expensive and would take time. Instead, there are non-slip strips or mats available in hardware shops that are specially designed for use in the bath. It’s also a good practice to keep the floors within your bathroom dry.
Set proper water temperature
I consider this top priority when bathing my children. Make it a point to set the heater no more than 50°C. It’s also a good idea to keep the water running for 10 seconds over your skin and adjust until the desired temperature is felt before putting your child under the shower in order to prevent sudden water temperature changes. You might also want to teach your children how the water heating system works, so they can make necessary changes on the water flow valves, if there are changes in water temperature.
It’s okay to let our children have fun and play around on their own. However, children might not find their established play spaces enough for them, and end up roaming around areas you never thought they would find conducive for their play. This is why it is our responsibility to double, or triple-check every area of our house for possible hazards. As long as we have inspected their play spaces and made necessary adjustments to make it safer for them, and as long as we keep our eyes on them, our children should be very safe and fine.
About the Author
Blessed with 3 lovely children, Joanna’s love for her children give her inspiration in sharing her parenting experiences with Afterschool.ae – the leading after school children activities planning platform for parents in UAE.