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Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in the Bathroom

Suggestions to avoid injury

(HealthDay News) -- Hot water and slippery surfaces in the bathroom can pose injury hazards for little ones.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises:

  • Never leave a baby or young child unsupervised in the bath. A child can drown in very little water.
  • Place non-skid strips or a mat in the bottom of the tub or shower, and a cushion over the tub faucet. Keep the toilet seat down and locked.
  • Make sure your hot water heater setting is no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep all medications stored out of a child's reach, and make sure they all have childproof caps.
  • Keep all electronic appliances, such as electric razors and hair dryers, unplugged and stored out of a child's reach.

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