Creating a Safer Bathroom Environment for Your Child
Bathtime can be stressful for any parent, but having a child with special needs may require more care and attention to detail. Since January is Bath Safety Month, it’s important to understand what components of the experience can be improved upon to help your child remain safe while getting clean. Here are some things to consider:
Is Your Bathroom Accessible?
Creating a bathroom that is accessible for your child while still functional is an essential task that may seem daunting to some parents. However, there are simple steps you can take to adapt the space you already have without needing to do a complete remodel, including:
- Adding a slip-resistant mat to the bottom of the tub.
- Installing safety rails.
- Adding inflatable cushions or installing a lift aid.
- Removing bath mats or other items on the floor that may be a hazard for wheelchair users.
- Installing a seat or specialized wheelchair in the shower.
Safe Bathing for Children with Sensory Impairments
If your child has sensory impairments, consider how sitting in bath water or their head/face getting wet can be an overall stressful and unpleasant experience. To make bathtime safer for these children, consider:
- Installing a removable, changeable showerhead to give them more control over the speed and water flow.
- Using sensory-friendly sponges or washcloths.
- Talking through the steps of the process.
- Creating a more welcoming environment by having music or their favorite tv show playing.
- Only using scented items that are known preferences.
The Importance of Active Supervision
Regardless of whether they have special needs, every child should be actively supervised during bathtime. This is the most effective way of reducing the likelihood of an incident that results in serious injury or worse. If you need to leave the bathroom for any reason, ensure you have the water turned off and wrap the child in a towel so you can take them with you.
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