Wet and slippery feet are a major cause of injuries in the bathroom. They can cause damage from the head to the toe, but let’s stick with the feet. For seniors especially, falling in the bathroom is very common, which is why we will be looking at some tips to prevent falling for seniors and children, too. Be sure to wipe your feet clean to prevent slips; however, there are more tips to help prevent a painful injury in the bathroom.
For the elderly
- Place a nonslip mat/rug next to the bathtub or shower for when you get in and out.
- Install non-slip mats into the bathtub.
- Have reachable safety handles by the bathtub or shower to hold onto while getting in and out of the tub.
- Keep your phone nearby in case of an emergency.
- Try to keep the bathroom floor free of any spills.
- Children under 4, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, must not be left alone. Accidents can happen in an instant; therefore, parents or a guardian has to be present at all times.
- To prevent slips, placing non-slip mats in the bathtub and outside of the tub is a good idea. Handles on the side of the tub is also a good idea, to give children something to hold on to while getting out of the tub. Slippages can cause foot injuries, such as sprains or a twisted ankle.
- Always test the temperature of the water to ensure it is not too hot. Wait for the tub to fill before placing your child in, as the temperature can change. Your child’s feet will touch the water first, so be sure to check the temperature to prevent foot injuries, such as burning.
Celebrate National Bath Safety Month by taking note of these tips right away to prevent any injuries in the bathroom. If you do happen to suffer a foot injury from a slip in the bathroom, the specialists at Nuestep can help you get fast relief. Call 866-508-5108 today!