Unfortunately, many of my clinic days are filled with little ones who have sustained nasty burns at home. Burns can cause significant pain and injury to your children and are largely preventable. Here are a few tips you need to know:
1. Please ensure that you do not leave hot drinks on the edges of benches and tables. Children often reach for these and burn their faces.
2. Please do not carry a hot drink while you are also carrying an infant.
3. Ensure if you have an old freestanding stove it is bolted to the wall so your little one cannot tip the stove if they stand on the oven door. Have a lock on the oven door.
4. If your baby can crawl be very careful about the grills of heaters and ovens, they love sticking their hands in dangerous places.
5. Opt for luke warm drinks around babies.
6. Be careful of irons and other hot appliances.
7. Be careful with the temperature of your child’s bathwater.
8. KNOW BASIC FIRST AID. If your child sustains a burn, remove any jewellery or clothing and hold the burned area under cool running water for 20 minutes.
After cooling the injured area for up to 20 minutes you may cover the area in a piece of clean non-adherent cling film and seek medical attention.