Health Tip: Kid-Proof Your Bathroom

Safety suggestions to keep children safe from injury

(HealthDay News) -- Kids can easily slip, fall or burn themselves in bathrooms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics lists these suggestions to make your bathroom safer:

  • Never leave a young child alone in the bathtub.
  • Place a non-slip mat or strips in the bottom of the tub, keep the toilet lid closed and cover the bathtub faucet with a soft protective cover.
  • Adjust your hot water heater so that the water temperature cannot exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit -- and remember to teach older children to turn on cold water first, then hot.
  • Make sure all medications have child-proof caps, and store them -- along with other bathroom products such as soaps and cleaners -- out of a child's reach.
  • Unplug and safely store any electrical appliances where children cannot reach them.
Diana Kohnle

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