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Child Safety: Bathing

Overview

Many drowning and nonfatal drowning accidents occur in the bathtub and can be prevented by following these recommendations.

  • Never leave a baby alone in the bathtub, even for a moment.

    Always keep the baby within arm's reach.

  • Never leave children in charge of watching their younger siblings while bathing, even if they are in the tub with them.

    Drowning can occur very quickly and silently.

  • A bath seat or ring does not prevent drowning.

    Do not assume a baby or young child is safe when left alone or with an older sibling while supported by these devices.

  • Install nonslip strips or mats on the bottom of the bathtub.
  • Always drain the water from the tub immediately after the bath.

Credits

Current as of: September 20, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
John Pope MD - Pediatrics

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