Leaving children unsupervised in the bath or swimming pool is a recipe for disaster and tragedy which can result in injuries ranging from cuts to death.
What are the main dangers of leaving children unsupervised in the bath?
The major, and most obvious, dangers of leaving children unsupervised in the bath is drowning accidents. Children do not have the same understanding of risk as adults, which is why accidents involving children are such a major concern. The fearlessness of children is one of their most endearing characteristics. However, it’s also a potential cause of serious danger. It really does not take a lot of water to cause a drowning accident, especially if the child slips and bangs their head.
Bath times are, for many children, the highlight of the day. Making bubble beards, playing with toys and spending time with parents make it a real family event. However, this excitement can also lead to accidents. Bath floors are exceptionally slippery, especially for children who are not steady on their feet at the best of times. A slip in the bath can easily lead to a bang on the head. Even if a parent is there to prevent this causing a drowning accident, it can still cause serious injuries.
Alternatively, a slip in the bath can cause other injuries, such as bumps, bruises and even broken bones. The motto ‘better to be safe than sorry’ is never more apparent than at bath time. As well as never leaving children unsupervised in the bath, there are other safety measures you can take to guard against accidents. For example, non-slip mats are a great addition to any bath. In fact, such is the level of grip and security they provide underfoot, they are a good idea for all ages.
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It’s important to remember that, if your child is injured in an accident because of negligence, you may be able to claim injury compensation. An injury to a child is any parent’s worst nightmare. Some financial compensation can go a little way to righting that wrong.
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Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice