If you have young ones at home, it is natural for you to want to keep them safe while in the house. This usually means making it impossible for them to access dangerous items, particularly when they reach an age where they can crawl. Typically, most parents focus on the living room and bedroom when doing child-proofing. However, you should also remember that the bathroom houses many things that could easily harm a child. It would be wise to include the bathrooms in your child-proofing strategy, as you can be sure that they will wander into the bathrooms if they can. Some of the steps you can take to make the area safer for them include:
Seal electrical outlets
An obvious plan would be to make electrical outlets inaccessible to the child. You can use specially made accessories for this. When buying them, you should make sure that they fit your bathroom electrical outlets (which may be different from the outlets in the rest of the house) and that they are reliable. It should not be easy for the child to remove the cover as this would beat the point of getting them in the first place.
Keep electrical appliances away
These days, bathrooms can have many electrical appliances including hair dryers, shavers, curling irons and more. Some of these may need to be plugged into an electrical outlet for them to work, while others may have batteries. A toddler can harm themselves with these appliances by playing with them. For instance, if you have just used a curling iron, your child could touch it without you knowing, and end up sustaining significant burns.
Leaving electrical appliances plugged in in a bathroom with a bathtub is also a very bad idea. In case the child gets access to such items while in a bathtub with water, they could end up being electrocuted. Remember, devices such as hair dryers and curling irons usually have very high voltage. They can cause serious injury when exposed to water.
Lock your bathroom
You can also find a way to lock your bathroom so that your child has no access to it. Children who are less than two years old usually have a body weight distribution that makes their upper halves of their bodies significantly heavier than their lower halves. This means that if the child wanders into the bathroom and starts playing with water in a toilet or a full bathtub, they can easily topple over head first into it. This can cause drowning and if an adult is not nearby, the outcome could be grim.
Put bath mats outside as well as inside the bathtub
If you have a bathtub in your bathroom, invest in bath mats that can be placed inside the tub as well as outside it. The best mats are those that are quick-drying, cover the entire length of the bath tub and are mold resistant. The presence of bath mats reduces the risk of slipping both inside and outside the bathtub. This could cause serious injuries, especially if they end up hitting a sharp surface such as the edge of a vanity.
Identify and lock away any potential harmful items
Take time to survey your bathroom and identify items that could injure or otherwise harm your child, and then put them away. Razors, cleaning agents such as bleaches and medicines should be placed under lock and key. This might require you to install lockable or high bathroom cabinets. Items can also be placed at a height that the child can’t reach.
Overall, it is important to make sure that your home is safe for your child. Remember, accidents can happen even if you leave your child alone in the bathtub for a few seconds, such as when you go to get your phone from another room.
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