Children and Hot Tubs: Benefits and Kid Safety Tips


When you think hot tub, most of the time you picture adults relaxing after a stressful workday. But did you know that children can benefit, too?

When you think hot tub, most of the time you picture adults relaxing after a stressful workday. But did you know that children can benefit, too?

Yes, that’s right! From mental to physical benefits, kids can also soak and play. As long as certain safety precautions are taken, hot tubs can be an enjoyable addition for the entire family.

Below, we’ve outlined some ways a hot tub can benefit children as well as some safety tips to follow!

Stress and Pain Relief

Adults aren’t the only ones who experience stress and pain. Children can as well. Depending on their age, stress can be caused by school, competitions, a part-time job, and much more. If they participate in sports or do a lot of physical activity in general, they’re also likely to experience pain from sore muscles. Soaking in the hot tub, even for a small amount of time, can help provide relief from both stress and pain!

Good Night’s Sleep

Sometimes it can be hard for children to fall asleep. Their minds are active and racing, filled with thoughts of anything from playtime to their friends at school. Additionally, they might be staying up late to finish schoolwork or attend activities at school. A hot tub can help get the shut-eye they need! It puts them in a relaxing mood and keeps their mind clear for bed.

A Break from the Digital World

Being glued to the computer screen or the phone is a common occurrence today. From the hundreds of apps and games to the social media outlets available, it can be hard to put it away. By making the hot tub a no-cell-phone or technology zone, kids can get some much needed alone time. It’ll be great to discipline themselves and learn how to be in their own space. They can appreciate the nature around them, the sunset, the birds in the trees, without any digital distraction.

Family Time

Sometimes it’s nice to change the atmosphere. Instead of catching up with the kids at the dinner table, the hot tub can be a great way to inspire some conversation. What’s been happening at school? How are they doing? How are their friends doing? Do they have any new hobbies they’d like to take up? And so much more!

Safety Tips

Most importantly, before allowing your children in the hot tub, you should first go over safety rules with them! It might even be helpful to have a waterproof printout of the rules near the hot tub. One rule to keep in mind is that children younger than 5 years of age are not recommended in the hot tub. US CDC strongly recommends this since kids younger than 5 can overheat easily.

When a hot tub is not in use, make sure to keep it covered with a hot tub cover. Especially with younger children, you don’t want them accidentally accessing the hot tub and not being able to get out. You may also want to stress to children that holding their breath underwater or pushing each other is not allowed. The last thing anyone wants is the risk of drowning.

Last but not least, you may also want to enforce no hot tubbing without parental/adult supervision. With younger children, the more supervision the better. You can never be too cautious when it comes to safety!

With all this in mind, we hope that soaking in the hot tub can be enjoyable for the entire family, from children to adults.

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