Common questions our doctors are asked
How can I change the temperature of the hot water that is
delivered to the bathroom? Will this affect the water temperature in all rooms
of the house (e.g. ensuite, kitchen, laundry) or do I have to arrange for these
to be done separately?
To prevent burns, hot water delivered to the bath, shower or
other areas used for personal hygiene should be at a maximum of 50°C. You
should contact a licensed plumber who can check your water heater and do this
for you. You will need to discuss your individual needs with the plumber, as
the tempering valve is usually installed to affect only the water temperature
in bathrooms or ensuites. The hot water delivered to other areas in the home,
such and kitchen and laundry, may remain unchanged, so you should be mindful if
your children have access to these areas and make sure these taps are also
Are bath toys safe for my child to play with?
Bath toys that are hollow or have holes for water to fill
them can sometimes become mouldy after being used for a while. Younger children
who chew on toys or drink the bath water may become sick from bacteria that
gets trapped inside them, so it is recommended that your child only plays with
bath toys that are sealed and designed in a way that does not trap water.
Alternatively, ensure that hollow bath toys are emptied, dried out and stored
out of water after use so that bacteria cannot grow inside them.
Also be aware of foam bath toys that young
children may chew on, which can cause a choking hazard if some of the foam
breaks off. Make sure any bath toy is appropriate for the age of your child and
meets Australian standards.