If you’ve added a hot tub to your family home, there’s no doubt that your children will also want to be part of the fun. But you may be wondering if it’s safe for your children to use the hot tub and if there are any particular safety guidelines you should be following.
In answer to your question, most children can use the hot tub and be part of the family fun. It’s a great way to spend time together and keep them away from those screens. Especially in the summertime when you want to enjoy each other’s company in your back garden.
Of course, there are a few things to be mindful of when kids and water are involved.
No Children Under Eight
As a general rule, we would advise against infants and toddlers using a hot tub. One of the many reasons for this is that very young children are unable to manage their body temperature as well as adults, therefore they can overheat and can become severely dehydrated.
Babies and young toddlers should not be allowed in a hot tub, as well as the heat, their skin will also be more sensitive to the chemicals in the hot tub and could lead to irritation.
Another firm reason to avoid very young children in the hot tub is cleanliness. As infants and toddlers are less capable of toilet duties, accidents can happen in the hot tub, which means it can quickly become unsanitary and ruin everyone’s fun.
Whenever your child is using the hot tub it is advised that they have constant supervision.
One of the many risks with children and hot tubs is drowning, with research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission claiming that the main hazard with children in hot tubs and spas is the risk of drowning.
A general rule is to ensure that the child can stand on the bottom of the hot tub with their head completely out of the water.
Ensure an adult is always present when a child is using the hot tub, and educate your children on the importance of hot tub safety.
Lower the Temperature & Stay Hydrated
Children cannot handle as much heat as adults therefore with children over five and upwards, keep the temperature to a relative 35 degrees.
Keep cold drinks on hand to help children remain hydrated throughout their hot tub experience, and initially limit their time in the hot tub to a maximum of 10 minutes to allow their body temperature to regulate
Set Some Rules
The hot tub may seem like a new toy to your children but it’s essential that you layout some safety rules with them so that they remain safe, and the hot tub remains in working order.
For example, requesting them not to touch the buttons or move the cover, and making them aware that they must always have an adult around before they can use the hot tub.
A few guidelines to follow for children’s safety in the hot tub;
- Decrease the temperature
- Keep children hydrated
- Adult supervision at all times
- No children under 8 whilst bubbles on
- Head above water at all times
- When out of use ensure the hot tub is covered securely