You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Unemployment rates dip in Clark, Champaign counties

Seven tips to protect kids from scalding burns


With the frigid temperatures this winter, families have been curling up next to the fire or with a cup of hot chocolate to help stay warm. While this sounds like a serene winter picture, unfortunately these items can cause major burns or scalds, especially in children, if not handled properly.

This week is Burn Awareness Week. Children, older adults and people with disabilities are considered high risk groups. Dayton Children’s Hospital treats over 600 children for burns each year.

“Children have a greater risk of getting deeper and more serious burns because they have thinner skin than adults,” says David P. Meagher, MD, medical director for burn care at Dayton Children’s. “Also, because children are smaller, a greater proportion of their total body surface is susceptible to being burned.”

Children are most frequently treated for scalds, a type of burn caused by hot liquid or steam that damages one or more layers of the skin. Most scald injuries occur in the home, either in the kitchen or bathroom, and are preventable. Follow these seven tips to keep you and your family safe from scald injuries:

1. Establish a safe area, out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, where children can safely play, but are still supervised.

2. Consider replacing tablecloths with non-stick placements if toddlers are present in the household. Children may use the tablecloth to pull themselves up causing hot food to spill down on them.

3. Do not let children play with pots, pans and cooking utensils as toys — they may be unable to distinguish between a “safe” or “play” pan and one that is dangerously hot.

4. Children under age 7 should not operate the microwave unless they are closely supervised. If of age, the child should be tall enough to easily reach the microwave door and his/her face should always be higher than the front of the door.

5. Avoid holding a child in your arms while preparing/serving hot food or while drinking a hot beverage.

6. Seat children facing away from faucets in the bathtub so that faucets are out of reach.

7. Set water heater thermostats to deliver water at a temperature no higher than 120 degrees F/48 degrees C.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Health

Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’
Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night. "...
What’s under your feet at the playground?
What’s under your feet at the playground?

The playground: a universal source of fun for children. It’s also a place to burn calories, make new friends and develop skills like how to judge risks and make decisions. A good playground challenges and engages children but is also designed to keep them safe. One of the best ways to lower the chances of serious injuries is to make sure there...
Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth
Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth

Stacy Hudepohl hopes to expand the perception that certified nurse midwives simply exist to help women through natural childbirth. “A midwife is very similar to a nurse practitioner in that we care for women throughout their entire lifespan,” said Ms. Hudepohl, a certified nurse midwife, who practices with the Center for Women’s Health...
Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself
Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself

With spring in full swing, you’re probably heading outside with your friends and family to spend time bicycling, in-line skating or skateboarding. But before you head outside, make sure you take a few safety precautions to avoid common problems that will land you in the ER. “Each year we see injuries associated with biking, in-line skating...
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age. Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old. Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity. “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live...
More Stories