A mum has shared a near-tragic bath incident, to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving bath plugs within reach of small children.
The Australian mum says she was woken by one of her children in the early hours of the morning, and what unfolded was a heart-stopping few minutes.
“At 4am in the morning our four-year-old son came running down to our bedroom shouting that his brother was in the bath and needed urgent help,” she explained on a Tiny Hearts Education Instagram post.
“We found our cheeky, adventurous two-year-old in the bath fully clothed with nappy and everything on.
“He had pulled up a stool to climb in (he’s never climbed in on his own before) put the plug in, turned the tap on and the bath was overflowing and the bathroom was flooding.
“The scariest part and something I feel deeply traumatised by is that he had clearly been trying to get out for a while and had given up and was tired… he was kneeling on his knees and falling asleep in the water.”
The incident prompted the mum to share her story, in the hopes of preventing a tragedy.
“If our four-year-old hadn’t of woken up I can’t even think about what we may have woken up too. Obviously there’s been a lock put on the bathroom door now and the plug is also in a locked cupboard.
“So many parents shared that they never would of thought of this either and they too have their plugs left on the bench or close to the bath.”
“I’m so so incredibly grateful my four-year-old woke up as we would never have heard (our room is at the other end of the house) our four-year-old is such a heavy sleeper too so it’s honestly a miracle he woke up. We had Archie (cheeky two-year-old) checked by a medical professional and thank god he’s absolutely fine! A few minutes more and this could of been a very different story.”
The mums says she’s now put an alarm sensor on Archie’s door, which sounds an alarm if he opens his door.
“I hope this story can educate other parents because honestly I consider myself to be REALLY on top of child safety … every cupboard is locked, every piece of furniture is anchored or mounted to the wall and every effort is taken to ensure the safety of our kids at all time but I honestly just never though of locking away the plug.”
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