- Lock away all bathroom cleaning products and supplies. Most are toxic when ingested and harmful if they come into contact with skin or eyes, and some are so potent that just inhaling the fumes can cause serious damage. Medications -- over-the-counter preparations from aspirin to vitamins and those prescribed by a doctor -- are best safety locked away in a special chest, drawer, closet, or medicine cabinet.
- Use easy-to-install medicine chest locks. Choose locks that are simple for an adult, but not a child, to operate. (Note that many medications are best stored in a room other than the bathroom, since the heat and humidity may cause them to deteriorate).
- Make sure medication comes in childproof containers. Toiletries -- from shampoo and deodorants to perfume and cosmetics -- should not be accessible to very young children. Place them high and well out of sight and reach or lock them up. Be sure to check the area around your tub and shower, removing shampoos, conditioners, and razors.
- Secure hampers or laundry shoots so a child cannot become trapped or fall in.
- Put safety locks on any windows.
- Lock away the garbage can inside a cabinet or under the sink so that it, too, is out of a toddler's reach.
- Keep cat litter boxes contained. If you keep a cat litter box in the bathroom, choose an enclosed model with small opening or place it behind a childproof gate. (Cats easily learn to jump over.)
From The Parents Answer Book: From Birth Through Age Five, by the editors of Parents magazine. Copyright © 2000 by Roundtable Press and G+J USA Publishing.
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