Injury Prevention

Bath Time

If the proper precautions are not taken, bath time can lead to serious injuries including burns and drowning. Be safe by following these recommendations.

  • Set the water temperature in the home no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Always test the temperature of the bath water with your elbow before placing your baby into the tub. The temperature should be pleasantly warm. Bathtub thermometers are also available to test water temperature.
  • Never add water to a tub while your baby is in it. If you need to add more water, remove the baby first. Be sure to test the water again before placing the baby back in the tub.
  • When bathing infants, cradle the child in one arm and use the free hand to wash the baby.
  • Use a bath mat or a towel in the base of a bathtub to help prevent the baby from sliding.
  • Keep the area free of appliances that could fall into the tub.
  • Use faucet covers and bath cushions that attach to the sides of a bathtub to protect your baby from bumps and bruises.
  • Never leave a baby alone in a bath (or near any water such as a bucket or toilet) for any reason or for any amount of time. A child can drown in less than 1 inch of water.
Last Update
February 11, 2008
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