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  • Bathroom Safety for Baby

    Keep baby's bathtime as safe as possible with these useful tips.
    Published Aug 14, 2009
    • Drowning can occur in less than 2 inches of water. NEVER leave a child unattended in a bath tub; nor should a child be left in the bath tub in the care of an older sibling.
    • Set your hot water heater to 120°F or lower. Always check water temperature before placing your child in the tub. Swirl water around with your hand to eliminate any hot spots.
    • Keep cabinets and drawers locked to prevent access to perfumes, soaps, lotions, deodorant, mouthwash, medicines, vitamins, etc.—all of which can be unsafe if ingested. Store razors and razor blades in a locked cabinet or drawer. In the tub, keep soap and shampoo out of your child’s reach.
    • Place slip-resistant mats in the tub and a slip-resistant pad under bath mats.
    l Delfin D. Santos, M.D., pediatrician, The Medical City
    l Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock, M.D., and Steven Parker, M.D.
    l Websites: mamashealth.com ; dentalplans.com ; kidshealth.org ; pregnancyandbaby.sheknows.com

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