Bath time Safety – Actually Very Interesting!
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Between 1989 and 2003, six babies and toddlers in the UK drowned as a result of being left unattended while in a baby bath seat (Sibert et al 2005).
A new national (US) study finds kids are being hurt in bathtubs and showers at a surprising rate.* You might think scalding or near drowning would be the most common threat in the bathroom, but they're not. Although interventions have been initiated to prevent injuries due to submersions and hot water scalds, little attention has been paid to slips, trips and falls, which account for more than 80 percent of bathtub - and shower - related injuries.
Experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital say slips and falls are far more common, sending more than 43,000 kids a year to the emergency department. That's an average of 120 kids every day who are hurt in the tub or shower.* In most cases, parents are watching their kids, but it doesn't matter.
“Unfortunately, adult supervision isn't enough to prevent these injuries, they happen so quickly that a parent simply can't react quickly enough to prevent them.” says Gary Smith, MD, with Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy.
In the study publishing in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers say most injuries occur to children under age 4, and most often to the face. The most common diagnosis was a laceration (60 percent), with the face being the most frequently injured body region (48 percent), followed by the head and neck (15 percent).
"That is because young children, the ones typically injured in bathtubs tend to topple forward. They have a high center of gravity and they tend to strike their head and their face, and that ends up with injures such as lacerations," says Smith.
*Source: Injuries Associated with Bathtubs and Showers Among Children in the United States, Pediatrics, Volume 124, Number 2, August 2009.
Some Thoughts for a Safer Bath time
Bath time can be fun for you and your baby but keep these safe bathing tips in mind: