A typical parenting concern is a poop in the bathtub. What should you do, though, if your infant poops in the bath? A (not so bad) guide to coping.
Don’t get me wrong: washing a little child is a blast.
Bathing a baby is a beautiful, splashy experience that not only keeps your kid clean and fresh, but also allows them to play, relax, and decompress after a long day of resting, cooing, and sipping milk after you get over the first anxiety.
But what happens if a “brown shark” shows up in the area…?! Oh, no!
When my daughter was just a few months old, I recall an event with her. We washed her in her tiny infant tub most of the time, but on occasion, we’d bathe her in our big tub, and I’d get in with her to support her and keep her safe. Unfortunately, she produced a brown floating poo lump for the first (and luckily only) time during one of those baths (while I was in the water).
While it’s inconvenient, infants pooping in the bath isn’t unusual. In fact, healthcare providers frequently recommend a warm bath to assist relieve baby constipation.
After learning from my mistakes, I now have a simple 5-step method for cleaning up, disinfecting, and getting things back to normal in no time.
Poo and Pee In The Bath
While we’re here, we may as well talk about peeing as well.
A little urine, in my opinion, is not harmful.
Urine is truly bacteria-free and sterile. I know this because I once went to a yoga retreat in India where we were encouraged to drink our pee first thing in the morning. #notjoking
Because pee in the bathtub is diluted with so much water, I don’t think it’s a big deal for a healthy baby who isn’t on any drugs.
Poop, on the other hand, might cause your baby to have more significant health problems.
Pathogens in feces can cause sickness, diarrhea, and eye infections like pink eye, among other things.
Obviously, infants pooping in the bath is an unpleasant experience for everyone. However, it might create more serious problems in children, which is why you must treat it as soon as possible.
How to Clean Infant Poop from the Bathtub
It’s easier said than done, but be cool if you find yourself with a poo in the tub.
Remember that it isn’t your child’s fault, and don’t make a big deal about it in front of them. Babies have little control over their pooping patterns, therefore the warm water provides a soothing environment for them to ‘let go’ with a bowel movement.
Getting heated up about an unintentional poop might create a negative link for your child with bath time, which is the last thing you want.
Maintain a calm demeanour and a wide grin, even with potty-trained children. Before dealing with the tub, reassure them that everything will be fine.
Take Your Child Out of the Bathtub
It’s not exactly a case of “wait and see” when there’s poop in the tub. Remove your baby as soon as you become aware of the situation.
Get your child out of the tub if you’re on bath duty alone. Before you start cleaning up, make sure they’re secure, warm, and properly supervised for their age.
Wrap them in a fluffy towel and move them to a new position if you have more than one bathtub or a suitable-sized sink. Continue to bathe them as normal, taking care to thoroughly clean their hands and skin, and address the contaminated bathroom afterward.
You may also soap them up and hose them down in the shower if they’re old enough.
You can always conclude with a sponge bath if this is too much trouble.
Remove The Poop
Now is the time to go fishing! Catch the feces in a cup and dispose of it as much as possible in the toilet.
Drain the remaining water from the tub once all of the lumps have been collected.
Remember that your tub’s plumbing system isn’t intended to handle feces. If you don’t remove all solid feces before opening the drain, you could end up requiring a plumber.
Clean The Tub
After the tub has emptied, clean the interior of the tub vigorously to remove any obvious or hidden fecal debris.
I like to clean in a non-toxic manner, especially in areas where my child would come into contact. However, rather than bleach, I think it’s worth using a gentle store-bought cleaner, such as castile soap or Bon Ami powder, and giving it a good rinse afterward if you’re cleaning excrement. Try to do this as soon as possible after the occurrence.
White vinegar, which is a natural antibacterial, is another option.
Scrub the whole bath thoroughly, especially the edges and nooks near the drain.
Wash Your Baby Again
You can re-run the faucet and try bath time again if you need to or were not far enough into the bath to give your kid the last rinse.
You may be feeling a little ‘pooped’ at this stage… No one will blame you if you give your child a shorter, toy-free bath this time before cuddling them into a towel and getting them ready for bed.
Clean the Bathroom Properly
Yes, if the tub has been pooped in, you should scrub it. However, you may need to sanitize the bathroom as well.
If your child’s feces was less than solid or not like his or her “regular” stool, it might be a symptom of a bacterial illness.
Because runny feces spread far more quickly via water than solid poop, you’ll need to treat anything that has been splashed as contaminated.
Scrub anything that came into contact with the water after the bath, including the tiles around the bath, the sides of the bath, the faucets and cover, and so on. Also, make sure to rinse it!
You should also carefully clean any bath toys that were used. Remove any apparent poop lumps with paper towels before carefully washing them and letting them air dry, ideally in the sun.
Avoid This Poopy Situation
If this dreadful cycle becomes a regular occurrence in your home, try changing bath time to fit your child’s toileting habits.
The digestive systems of babies operate naturally, and the need to defecate is high just after they eat. Allow additional time for your child to digest (and poop in their diaper) after their evening feed if they poop in the bathtub.
Keep an eye out for indicators that a second child is on the way. A hard belly, reddening of the cheeks, and grimacing are among them.
It’s a bit different if your potty-trained kid pees and poos in the bathtub.
Make sure their potty setup is simple for kids to use. Potty training essentials are easy-to-pull-down trousers, an accessible toilet, and a step stool to reach the toilet. Encourage your baby to try to ‘go’ before entering the bath.
If your kid is still pooping in the bath on a regular basis, kindly discuss their pooping issues with them. Social stories or story books that encourage pooping in the potty might also be beneficial.
Babies Pooping in the Bath Tub
Hopefully, this guide on how to cope with bathing and poos is simple and straightforward.
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