Published: Wednesday 29 April 2020

Bath time with baby should be a fun and relaxing part of your daily routine. Sadly, unless certain precautions are taken, the bath can present risks to children’s safety.

One aspect to get right is the temperature of the water. Use your elbow to test to make sure it’s neither too hot or too cold. If you’re using a thermometer, an ideal temperature is around 37-38C (the same as body temperature). The best way to achieve a comfortable temperature is to run the cold water first, then top up with hot and give it a good mix around to make sure there are no lingering hot spots.

Scarily, babies can drown in very shallow water - even less than 3cm deep. Part of the problem is because a baby has neither the strength or yet learnt how to get themselves back up if they roll over or slip. The most important bit of bath time advice is to never leave baby or a young child alone in the bathroom. Even if they’re not yet in the bath themselves, they may climb or fall in.

Bath seats can also be dangerous. In recent years there have been a number of accidents, including fatalities, involving bath seats principally when babies have been left alone whilst using them. Bath seats are not a safety device and children should be accompanied at all times when in or near the bath, regardless of the equipment being used.

Here are our top tips for making the bathroom and bath time a fun and safe part of the day:

  • Always keep bathroom or toilet doors shut when you leave.
  • Never leave babies or children alone in the bathroom, regardless of whether you have water in the bath or not.
  • Empty the bath of all water as soon as bath time is over.
  • Learn infant CPR. If an accident should occur you’ll know how to respond quickly and effectively.

Infant CPR is just one of the topics we teach on our First Aid for Parents courses. Join us for three hours and come away knowing you can both prevent accidents from happening and treat injuries should they occur. We run our First Aid for Parents courses in Brighton and Hove and Angmering.

If you can't make it along to a face-to-face course (especially if you're reading this during the Covid-19 lockdown), our online course is perfect for you. You can take it at your own pace, and at a time that suits you. Take a look at the course here.

Alternatively, if you have a group of friends wanting to learn baby first aid skills, we offer at-home courses. Take a look at our information on private First Aid for Parents courses or give us a call on 01273 702496 if you've any questions.

For more bath time safety information, take a look at the following NHS advice which includes a handy video and some background on the use of bath seats from the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

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