Burns can result in serious injuries at any age, but children are at a high risk for burn injuries because of their innocent curiosity. According to the CDC, younger children are more likely to sustain injuries from scald burns that are caused by hot liquids or steam; older children are more likely to sustain injuries from flame burns which are caused by direct contact with fire. But they can happen any time… anywhere. When it comes to pediatric urgent burn care, prevention is your best defense
Preventing Pediatric Burns
A young child’s skin is more susceptible to burning because it is thinner and more delicate but thankfully, burns can be prevented with these tips in and around the house:
- Around the Home
- Install smoke detectors in hallways outside bedrooms, in the kitchen, living room, and near the furnace. Make sure at least one is on every floor of the house.
- Test smoke detectors monthly.
- Always clean out the lint trap in your clothing dryer.
- Use cool-water humidifiers or vaporizers. If you use hot-steam vaporizers, keep them out of the reach of children.
- Practice home fire drills and escape plans. Teach children to crawl to exits if smoke is present to avoid inhaling it.
- Practice how to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothing catches fire.
- In the Kitchen Two of every five reported homes start in the kitchen and cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries. Follow these important kitchen safety tips:
- Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
- Remember to turn pot handles toward the back of the stove every time you cook.
- Don’t warm baby bottles in a microwave. The liquid may heat unevenly, resulting in pockets of hot milk that can scald a baby’s mouth.
- Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
- Keep all chemicals in a locked cabinet and out of children’s reach.
- And do not allow young children to play in the kitchen while someone is cooking; create a “no play zone.”
- In the Bathroom
- Lower the temperature of your water heater to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 degrees Celsius) to prevent hot water scalds and burns.
- Always check the temperature of bath water before putting a child in the tub.
- Use caution when using curling irons and clothing irons and keep cords far from reach.
- In the Living Room
- Use caution when using candles and space heaters.
- Screen fireplaces and wood-burning stoves.
- Unplug appliances and other electrical equipment from extension cords if they place too much “amperage” or load on the cord.
- To prevent electrical burns, put covers on any electrical outlets that are within children’s reach. Throw out electrical cords that are frayed or damaged in any way.
- Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Avoid smoking indoors at all costs.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children, locked and out of reach.
- Use playground equipment with caution. Watch out for uncoated metal equipment, dark colored plastics and rubbers, asphalt and concrete surfaces that are directly exposed to the sun.
- Remove your child’s stroller from the hot sun and cover car safety seat buckles when they’re not in use because children can get burns from the hot vinyl and metal clips.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen! Use a product with at least 15 SPF. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going out and then reapply every 2 hours or more if they’re playing in water.
Pediatric Urgent Burn Care Available at eMedical Urgent Care
Even simple burns should be treated properly (and immediately) to prevent bacterial infections. Early treatment of pediatric burns greatly impacts how well they will heal.
eMedical Urgent Care treats first- and second-degree burns and injuries at both of our locations. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.