Bath time can be a pleasant time for both you and your child, but it’s also a time to be cautious. Keep in mind these shower tips to keep your baby safe while bathing:
The first and most important rule is: Never leave a baby or toddler in the bath unattended, even for a minute.
Children can drown if submerged in 3 cm of water. So, before starting, have all the baby bathing supplies you will need (soap, clean towels, diapers, clean clothes, etc.). Always use at least one hand to hold your baby while your baby is underwater. If the doorbell or phone rings and you feel you have to answer it, lift your baby in a towel and take him with you.
Set a comfortable warm bathroom temperature (around 25 degrees C), as young children can be susceptible to cold.
Do not put young children in the tub while the water is still running. The water temperature can change or the water can be too deep to be dangerous for the child. Also, the rushing sound of running water may be too strong for some babies
Make sure the tub is always safe. The tub is very slippery, so equip a rubber mat to give you a safer seat when bathing your baby. A hose cap with a rubber cushion or towel wrap can protect against painful bumps. In addition, the glass panel doors in the bathroom should be
Adjust the comfortable warm bath water. Check the water temperature with your wrist or the inside of your elbow to make sure the water isn’t too hot. Babies and toddlers generally prefer a much cooler bath than you might be able to.
Adjust the water in the tub to about 5-10 cm of water for infants and not too waist-high when sitting for toddlers and older children.
Teach your child not to stand in the tub
You can bathe your baby with water without adding anything, as long as you thoroughly clean the diaper area and the fold area. Soap and shampoos can dry out a child’s skin and may cause a rash. If you use baby shower gel, choose a mild one designed specifically for infants or toddlers and use it in moderation. To prevent your child from sitting too long in soapy water, play with him at the start of the bath and don’t use too much shower gel and shampoo.
Avoid bathing products with too much foam as it can irritate the urethra and increase the child’s risk of urinary tract infections.
Set the water temperature to about 50 degrees Celsius. Children can get a third degree burn in just 2 seconds at 65 degrees C and five seconds if it is 60 degrees C. Don’t let your child touch the handle of the hose. They may be too young to handle the faucet now, but soon they’ll be strong enough to do so and that could lead to serious injury. You could try putting your baby in the tub with his back to the tap.
Keep electrical appliances (such as hair dryers and curling irons) away from the bathtub.