Bathtub Safety for Parents
Bathing plays a very important role in
treating eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis). Here are some
safety tips to help you keep your child safe during bath time.
You’ll also find a few tips for treating your child’s skin.
Before the bath
Choose a safe place to bathe
There are many places to bathe a baby or toddler. Safe options
are a regular bathtub, baby tub, freestanding plastic tub or
basin, or an inflatable tub that fits inside a regular bathtub.
Check the temperature of the
Before you place your child in the bath, always check the
temperature of the water. The best way to check the temperature
is to put your hand and arm in the water before letting the
child get in. Children who have atopic dermatitis do best in
warm water. Hot water can dry out their skin, which can worsen
the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
Consider placing a rubber safety
mat on the bottom of a tub.
This will help prevent slips and falls. If you use a mat, be
sure to clean it after every use.
Do not add oils to the
This can make the tub slippery and unsafe.
During the bath
Always stay close to the
You should be able to reach out and touch your child the entire
time the child is in the tub. Never leave the side of the tub,
even for a moment. A child can drown in a few inches of water.
And, never rely on an older child to supervise a younger child
during bath time.
If you must leave the room, take
your child with you.
Gently pat your child’s skin dry and wrap the child in the
If your baby cannot sit up,
support your baby’s back the entire time the baby is in the
A child can drown in a few inches of water.
Never let your child drink
It may contain germs that can make your child sick.
Drain the tub as soon as the
bath is finished.
This helps to decrease the risk of drowning.
After the bath
Gently pat your child’s skin
dry. When a child has atopic dermatitis, the skin is very
sensitive. Be very gentle. It’s good to leave a little moisture
on the skin.
Apply any medicine that your
dermatologist prescribed. Most medicines that treat atopic
dermatitis should be applied after a bath when the skin is still
damp. Be sure to apply the medicine before applying a
Apply moisturizer. Apply a
thick layer of moisturizer. This should be applied within 3
minutes of getting out of a bath because it will trap moisture
in the skin. Be sure to use a moisturizer recommended by your
dermatologist. Some moisturizers contain fragrances and other
ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin.
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who have atopic dermatitis tend to have very dry skin. A
short, daily bath in warm — never hot — water can add
much-needed moisture to the skin.