There are almost 300,000 hot tubs sold in the U.S. every year, so it’s safe to say kids are enjoying all the same benefits the adults do when it comes to soaking in a hot tub. Safety is any caregiver’s number one concern, especially when it comes to water activities. Is there such a thing as too young for a hot tub?
Keeping it Cool
The American Association of Pediatrics has not issued an official guideline for how young is too young for a hot tub. The CDC recommends that children under 5 not use a spa, because younger children have more difficulty regulating their body temperature. However, warm water can be very soothing to babies and toddlers love to splash with the bubbles from the jets. Children as young as 2 can begin spending limited, supervised time in a hot tub with special considerations for water temperature. Here are a few things you can do for safety:
- Set the temperature to no more than 90 degrees, or 82 to 86 degrees on warmer days.
- Avoid immersing the child’s body in the water.
- Spend no more than 10 minutes in the spa.
- Encourage hydration before, during, and after a spa session.
Hydrotherapy for the Win
If your child is a bit older, they can benefit from hydrotherapy sessions. Not only are hot tubs excellent tools to help children complete their physical therapy exercises by assisting with balance and preventing falls, they are very effective when it comes to treating mental health. Just like adults, kids get stressed, becoming overwhelmed with homework, their peers, and just growing up in general is hard. Try suggesting they have a soak the next time they have a bad day and they may emerge with a whole new mindset.
Signs to Watch for
Anyone can become overheated, but children may not be able to express their discomfort. It’s always important to watch for signs of overheating such as shivering and muscle cramps and exit the hot tub immediately. Once you leave the hot tub, quickly dry and clothe your baby to prevent hypothermia from the drastic change in temperature.
SpaExpo wants everyone to be able to enjoy all the benefits a hot tub has to offer, safely. Stop by our showroom and check out our selection, or contact us with further questions about hot tub safety.