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Bath time can be fun, but you need to be very careful with your child around water. Most drowning deaths in children happen at home, often when a child is left alone in the bathroom. DO NOT leave your child alone around water, not even for a few seconds.

Ways to Prevent Bathing Accidents

These tips can help you prevent accidents in the bath:

Extra Tips for Newborns

You will need to be extra careful when bathing your newborn:

Bathroom Safety

Other tips that can protect your child in the bathroom are:

When to Call the Doctor

Talk with your child's health care provider if you have questions about the safety of your bathroom or your child's bathing routine.

Related Information

Bathroom safety - children

References

Danby SG, Bedwell C, Cork MJ. Neonatal skin care and toxicology. In: Eichenfield LF, Frieden IJ, Mathes EF, Zaenglein AL, eds. Neonatal and Infant Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 5.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Standard 2.2.0.4: Supervision near bodies of water. In: Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education; 2011. nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/2.2.0.4. Accessed July 18, 2018.

Weiss J, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics. 2010;126(1):e253-e262. PMID: 20498167 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20498167.

Wesley SE, Allen E, Bartsch H. Care of the newborn. In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 21.

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Review Date: 5/20/2018  

Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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