Water safety is not just for pools, lakes and oceans, it’s for bath time too. Drowning can happen in as little as one inch of water, just enough to cover a child’s nose and mouth.
Cook Children’s has seen an increase in bathtub drownings over the past few years and we want to help your children stay safe. It only takes a second for a child to slip under water. Often times, babies and toddlers are top-heavy and can’t pull themselves up.
Bathtub safety tips:
At Cook Children’s, we’re experts in keeping your children safe and healthy. Follow these tried and true tips to keep your child safe during bath time.
Always ensure an adult stays at the side of the tub, in reach of child.
This is too big of a responsibility for brothers or sisters.
This is not the time to prepare dinner, fold laundry or any other housekeeping tasks.
Ignore distractions like the doorbell or phone calls.
Keep a towel and bath supplies close at hand, so you do not have to leave during bath time.
Consider bath time as bonding time to relax with your baby or toddler.
Bath toys like foam letters, animals that shoot water and waterproof books are a great way to make bathtub more fun and teach them new things at the same time!
Safe proof your home to prevent young children from accessing the bathroom without an adult.
If you have to leave during bath time, swaddle the child in a towel and take them with you.
Drain the tub after each use.
We encourage you to take family CPR lessons
- If something goes wrong, learning CPR can be the difference between life and death while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
- Check your local Red Cross and YMCA for classes.
Help us promote Bath time safety
We’ve put together the below social media kit for easy sharing among your friends and family. It takes a village and together, we can help prevent another child from drowning.
Please feel free to use our messaging or create your own. To use our messaging, all you have to do is copy the messages we’ve provided below and insert the appropriate photo into whichever social media site you prefer to use. We do ask that you keep #LifeguardYourChild in the message.
Bath toys like foam letters, animals that shoot water and waterproof books are a great way to make bathtub more fun and teach your child new things at the same time! #lifeguardyourchild
Bath time is not the time to wash dishes, fold laundry or even take a phone call. If you do have to leave during bath time, wrap your child in a towel and take them with you. #lifeguardyourchild
Keep a towel and bath supplies close at hand so you don’t have to leave once your child is in the bathtub. #lifeguardyourchild
Drowning is fast and silent and only takes enough water to cover a child’s nose and mouth. #lifeguardyourchild
Safety devices like faucet covers can keep your child safe from drowning when you’re not around. #lifeguardyourchild
Get involved and help us save lives
Want to know how you can get involved or create an awareness campaign in your community? Contact Dana Walraven, Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator.