Tips To Prevent Injuries
Children tend to explore under bathroom sinks and in bathroom storage areas. Everything from household cleaning products to make-up and hygiene products can be swallowed or eaten. Tile floors, bathtubs and toilets can all be slippery when wet and cause climbing hazards.
"Children can become very ill or injured if they come in contact with many items found in most bathrooms, such as medications, cleaners, cosmetic products such as lotions, creams and moisturizers, make-up products and electrical appliances," says Dr. Mick Connors, emergency medical physician at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. "This can happen to children at any age and may cause serious reactions. The best solution is to look through your home and be aware of the most common items that might poison or harm children in the bathroom and the entire home."
Preventing bathroom injuries
The following tips can be used in the prevention of bathroom injuries:
"Parents can prevent their children from being harmed in the bathroom by rearranging items in cabinets, keeping things out of children's reach, and paying attention to wet floors and children in the bathtub," says Dr Connors. "It is not always easy to keep an eye on small children who are running and crawling around, so we need to protect them from getting into things or hurting themselves in the bathroom."
For more information on bathroom safety, contact Homecare America at (800) 452-6664 or visit the Children's Hospital web site at www.etch.com.