For babies under age 1, bathtubs are even more dangerous than swimming pools: They're the number one cause of drowning. And a quarter of all serious scalds in kids 4 and under occur in the bath. It can happen in the wink of an eye too: A baby under water can lose consciousness in two minutes, and permanent brain damage can set in at four to six minutes.
Keep the water-heater thermostat under 120°F to prevent scalds. Put a soft, insulated cover over the bathtub faucet. Encourage your child to sit down at all times while in the tub. Small children are top-heavy and can easily fall face first into the water. Put an anti-slip mat or decals on the bottom of your bathtub. After the bath, empty the tub. Remember: A baby can drown in an inch of water.
It's easy to prevent accidents. Just stay in the bathroom! Nearly all cases occur when kids are left unsupervised. Take a cordless phone with you so you won't be tempted to leave the room. For safety's sake: