Children and hot tubs
Keeping children safe in and around a spa.
Children love playing in and around water. The warmth of a spa and its relative shallowness, the jets and the bubbles all make it particularly attractive to young children.
But there are dangers that you should guard against.
The first and most important rule of spa child safety is that they should never, under any circumstances, be left in or near the spa alone. If you are in your spa with a child and you are called away, take the child with you.
When your spa isn’t in use, it should ideally have a lockable cover that is kept locked shut.
There is never any reason or circumstance why a child should be unsupervised in or near a spa or hot tub.
This one simple, straightforward rule will protect your child more than any other piece of advice.
Children and spa temperatures.
People set the temperature on their spa to their own personal taste and some like it warmer than others however, for infants, toddlers and young children it will always be too warm.
Young children regulate their body temperature in a different way and it is far too easy for them to become overheated and dehydrated.
If any child starts to feel drowsy or unwell in a spa then they could be suffering the effects of heat and should be taken out of the tub immediately and slowly cooled down and given plenty of liquids.
It’s often better to have the children use the shallower seats in a spa keeping the water level just above their waist. If the design of the spa allows, get them to sit up on the side every so often just to cool down.
Other spa safety issues concerning children.
A few simple rules will keep your spa safe for the younger members of your family.
- If a child is too young to say when they need to go to the toilet, they are too young to be in a spa.
- If a child is too young to say that they are feeling drowsy or unwell, they are too young to be in a spa.
- Children should always be told that they shouldn’t taste or drink the water in a spa.
- Don’t let children take any food or snacks into the spa but a plastic beaker of cold water is a good idea to keep children – and adults – hydrated.
- Make sure that they have been to the toilet before going in the spa and if a child needs to wear a nappy, make sure that it is a waterproof one.
- If a child has a cut, sore or open wound then they shouldn’t be in the spa.
- It’s a good idea to have children use a footbath before getting in the spa particularly if they have been playing in the garden and have muddy or grassy feet.
Other issues that concern the spa itself.
Its always important to keep the water in your spa clean and balanced so that the chemicals and sanitizers do their job efficiently; doubly so when children are bathing in it.
Make sure that the spa has anti vortex heads fitted to the suction points so that long hair and young limbs cannot become trapped.
The area around your spa is likely to get wet so it should be covered with some sort of non-slip surface and children should, of course, be told not to run in that area.
Have some nice, thick towels handy as children can quickly get cold once they are out of the spa, particularly on a chilly day.
A little common sense, a few simple rules and careful adult supervision will make sure that your spa is safe for all the members of your family.