Preventing Bathtub Drownings

The importance of taking charge to prevent childhood bathtub drownings.

Preventing Drowning

When it comes to bathing children, parents must be vigilant. While objects like bathtub rings can offer a child a little support as you bath them, they are not an excuse to leave them unattended.  Dr. Diane Sacks, pediatrician and author of Caring for Your Child from Birth to Age Five elaborates on bathtub safety.”Never ever leave a small child or toddler in any amount of water without your absolute attention. The telephone in the other room can wait.  You do not leave a child in the slightest bit of water by themselves.  We have bathtub drownings all the time and they’re unnecessary.”

And now that we’re mostly indoors for the fall and winter, double check your child proofing.”I think the electrical plugs need to be baby-proofed.  I think you need to put baby gates up that your baby cannot open, I think you need to be sure that your house has both carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Diane Sacks, pediatrician and author of Caring for Your Child from Birth to Age Five.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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