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Hot Tub Child Safety

October 31st, 2011 by

I recently read Skye Cardona‘s Hot tubbin’ toddlers.

It was an article about seeing children in a hot tub and her concern for the health impact on the child.

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“While the rules only state that a child under the age of 14 should not be in the spa unsupervised, I highly doubt that long exposure to the high temperatures of a hot tub can be safe for a toddler.”

Which spurred me to do a little checking. Truth is I could not find much on the subject and have never ran across any data showing the impact of hot tubs on children.

The only data I found related to children is a constant safety concern regarding drowning, which cant be taken lightly, given the thousands of terrible accidents which have happened.  Most of all which could have been avoided with locking spa covers.

So absent good data, I am left with my own experience. My children grew up around hot tubs, and used them for more than the pool. Their friends used our spa, the dog used it, the whole neighborhood used it.

The kids had parties in hot tubs, they pretended they were space ships, and we enjoyed lots of family time in the hot tub. I think Mom even used the hot tub as a occasional quick bath on return from the beach.

My point is, sure they got a little over heated when they spend more than 15 minutes in them, but they also got out when they were hot.  As for toddlers, I think a parent has to use common sense.  When yours kid’s cheeks are as red as apples, its time to get out of the hot tub.

Just my opinion, no facts here other than my kids love the hot tub! Here’s some advice on Hot Tub Safety and how to have a safe spa around your home.

  1. Always have adult supervision when children are using the spa. Never allow them to use it alone.
  2. Keep a locking spa cover on the spa when the hot tub is not in use.
  3. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  4. Don’t allow children to jump into the spa.
  5. Check your drain covers, to be sure they are secure.
  6. Persons with recent diarrhea should not use the spa.
  7. Showering and washing well before using the spa will help prevent waterborne illness.
  8. Limit time in the tub. 5-15 minutes at a time.

 

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