How to Avoid Drowning at Baby Bath Time

To avoid drowning at home, parents need to be extra vigilant. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, More than 300 U.S. children under age 5 drowned in non-pool incidents between 2002 and 2004. More than 80 percent of those deaths were children under age 2.

We know that we need to be extra concerned about babies and toddlers around pools and spas, but there are risks right at home. It only takes an inch or two of water to pose a serious risk to infants and toddlers.

Follow these tips to avoid drowning at bath time:

> Never leave a small child alone in the bath tub.

> Keep your child within arm's reach at all times during bathing.

> If you have to leave the bath area, even for a minute, take your child with you.

> Even a child who can normally lift his head out of water could pass out, hit their head or fall asleep and slip under the water.

> Never talk on the phone while bathing baby. Avoid any distractions.

For more information, see these pages:

Baby Skincare: Soap, Shampoo, Creams & Lotions
Diaper Rash
When is Baby Ready for the Big Bathtub?
Bath Rings and Safety Seats Not Recommended
Bathing Your Newborn
Baby's First Bath
Water Termperature for Baby's Bath
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