Children absolutely love hot tubs in any season! We’ve all seen signs in public places warning us not to allow children under a certain age to use the hot tub spa. Is this for health reasons or for the comfort of their guests? What is safe and unsafe when it come to children in hot tubs?
What do the experts say about children in hot tubs?
Both the American Association of Pediatrics and the Mayo Clinic do not ban children from using hot tubs within limits, but they do not recommend children in diapers to use a hot tub. Hot tubs are not advised for infants and toddlers, and older children are suggested to not exceed 20 minutes at a time. Infants must never be in a spa with a temperature of over 100ºF (38ºC). You should, of course, always follow the recommendations of your doctor.
Safety suggestions for older children using hot tubs.
Neither the American Association of Pediatrics or the Consumer Safety Comission have issued specific guidelines for spa use by children. Depending on the age of the child, the suggested times are 5-20 minutes. Most hot tubs are set for 104 degrees, and for children 102 degrees is recommended. Children should not go underwater, because hair can get caught in the drain cover, and it can increase risk for ear infection. Warning signs: if you see red faces, lethargic behaviour, or glassy eyes – get the child out immediately. Another safety tip is to always cover your hot tub when it’s not in use. Let all children know that the #1 house rule of hot tub use is “No Children without Adults”.
Now that you know the limits, what are some safe ways for children to enjoy the hot tub?
Get in to the tub with the smaller children, and they will feel safer. You may want to turn the bubbles off at first, and turn them back on as the child feels more comfortable. Thermospas offers a bubbling system that makes the whole hot tub experience a lot more fun for both children and adults. Keep the food light, since a full belly and moving around in the hot tub can cause stomach discomfort. In the summer, turn the heater off and take off the cover so the kids can “chill” in the hot tub. Add some inflatable toys to boost the fun. How about rubber duckies and waterproof playing cards?