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Saturday, 8 February 2014

How to Prevent Childhood Burns & Scalds

Here we got some baby safety tips at home for parents to prevent childhood burns & scalds. First let’s check some real data to raise the awareness of child injuries by burns & scalds.

According to a new British study, one-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children. Analysis from more than 1,200 children treated for burns and scalds in UK showed that 58% were scalded, 32% had contact burns and about 9%had burns from other causes. The researchers found that 72% of the children were younger than 5, and most of the injuries occurred in 1-year-old infants. All of the scald injuries were suffered at home.
Prevention is always better than cure. For families with children, especially little babies, smoke detectors or fire extinguishers is far from enough, evacuation training is also no practical. Thus the first measurement is to child proof your home in case of any accidents.
  • Lock up flammable liquids in cupboards, cabinets or rooms. It is best to store them outside the home, out of children’s reach, and away from heat or ignition sources.
  • Set a safety gate or door knob lock at the kitchen or rooms with fire source.
  • Secure the stove and oven knob with baby proof lock.
  • Cover electricity outlet socket holes to avoid electricity leakage or creating a potentially unsafe situation.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children, locked and out of reach.
  • Some chemicals may also cause burns, be sure to lock them well.
Anyway, there are many different causes of serious burns in children, including sunburn, hot-water scalds, and those due to fire, electrical contact, or chemicals. All of these can cause permanent injury and scarring to the skin, even to eyes. It is never too careful to act out any prevention measurements.
For details of the British research about childhood burns, refer to Infants at Highest Risk for Childhood  Burns 

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