Childproofing the Bathroom

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Jamie Freishtat, a Pediatrician from Safe Kids USA, will show you how to childproof your bathroom.

    [Music Playing]Dr. Jamie Freishtat: Hi, I am Dr. Jamie Freishtat, a pediatrician from Safe Kids, USA. Today I am talking about childproofing room-by-room. And right now I am in the bathroom. When I think about bathroom safety, I like to divide it up into four categories, Burns, drowning, poisoning, and falls. Let's get started. First is Burns. Parents always need to make sure that the hot water heater in their home is set to 120 degrees. Whenever you're running a bath for your child, make sure you add the cold water first, and then add warm water as needed. Put your own hand or wrist in to test the water before putting your child in. When you place your child in the tub, always place them so their back is facing the faucet. So they don't reach out and by mistake turn on the hot water. Always consider using anti-scald devices on all faucets, Children can drown in just an inch of water. So this is important to know when your child is in and around the bathroom. Make sure after using the toilet, put the lid down and use a toilet lock. In addition, always close the door behind you. And you use door knob covers as another layer of protection. When your child is taking a bath, never leave your child unattended even if it's for a moment. If the phone rings or the door bell rings, you either ignore it or you get your child out of the tub and bring them with you. Also, never leave your child under the care of an older child in the bathtub. Never leave your child alone in a baby bath seat even for a moment. If you have any buckets in your bathroom, be sure that you always leave them empty, turned upside down, and out of the child's reach, locked up. Now let's move on to poisonings in the bathroom. Make sure you keep all medications, vitamins, personal care products, cosmetics, household cleaners, and anything hazardous locked away, up high, out of the reach and sight of children. In addition make sure that all medications and vitamins are kept in their original containers with child resistant tops. Make sure that all drawers and cabinets have child safety locks on them. We also want to keep our children free from falls in the bathroom. So be sure to use a skid resistant mat or carpet and to use skid resistant strips in the bath tub. It's also a good idea to put a protective covering on the spout in the bathtub in case your child should fall.

    Lastly, don't forget to cover all unused electrical outlets. And don't forget to keep all electric appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons out of the reach of children, locked up. These are some important safety tips for keeping your bathroom safe.