Kids are curious and want to be into everything, and unfortunately that curiosity can often lead to burns and scalds, especially for little ones. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), every day over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries—and two children die as a result of being burned.
Burn Dos and Don’ts
Keep your child safe with these dos and don’ts from the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center Trauma Services team.
- DO set your water heater temperature to 120F/48C or less, or just below the medium setting.
- DO create a “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and other hot items.
- DO keep hot liquids away from the edge of tables and counters.
- DO use a travel mug with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
- DO place pots and pans on the back burner.
- DON’T leave a child unattended in the bathtub. If you must leave, take the child with you.
- DON’T allow young children to adjust the water temperature or sit near faucet handles.
- DON’T set anything hot on tabletops within reach of young children who can pull them down.
- DON’T allow appliance cords to dangle over the counter edge.
- Cool the burn with COOL (not cold) water to stop the burning process
- Place a cool compress on the burn. Leave it on the burn for no more than 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove all clothing and/or diaper from the injured area.
- Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandage.
- Seek medical attention.
Burns, like many childhood injuries, are preventable. Just remember these safety tips to keep your loved ones safe and out of the hospital.