Arizona Burn Center on ways to guard your child from burns

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Every day, more than 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, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The majority of children ages 4 and under, who are hospitalized for burn-related injuries, suffer from scalds burns (65 percent) or contact burns (20 percent).  

Dr. Kevin Foster, chief of burn services at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, shared simple precautions to make your home a safer place for children.   

·    Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edges of tables and counter tops.
·    Never carry a child while holding hot items.
·    Never let young children use the microwave to prepare hot foods or drinks.
·    Keep children away from the kitchen during food preparation.
·    Tuck cords of appliances out of reach of children.
·    Never leave irons, hair dryers, or curling irons on around children.
·    Set the water heater thermostat to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
·    Consider installing anti-scald devices on water faucets to stop the flow of water if it gets too hot.
·    Lock up matches, lighters, gasoline and chemicals.
·    Cover electrical outlets when not in use.
·    Do not let children use electrical appliances.
·    Teach a child to drop and roll on the floor if his or her clothes catch on fire.

Dr. Foster talked about the levels of burns and stressed the importance of treating burns quickly, regardless of the severity. A first-degree burn is the mildest kind of burn, in which only the outer layer of skin has been damaged. It can show redness and, sometimes, slight swelling. It may look like a sunburn. A second-degree burn is one in which the second layer of skin has been damaged, resulting in blistering and swelling. This type of burn is usually very painful.  Third degree burns are the most serious. The skin, which may appear white or charred, is seriously injured - sometimes well below the surface. Because nerves are often damaged with third-degree burns, they may be less painful.  

Professional medical attention is essential if the burn is anything but a minor first-degree burn; if the burn is extensive (larger than two inches in diameter) or on your child's face, hands, or genitals; or if the injury is an electrical burn.  If it's a first degree burn, run cool water over the burned area, or hold a cold compress on the burn for 3-5 minutes, and apply aloe gel or cream to the affected area a few times daily.  Don't use ice as it can add more destruction to the injured skin. Don't apply butter, grease, powder or any other remedies to the skin as these can make the burn deeper and increase the risk of infection.  Protect with a sterile gauze pad or bandage for the next 24 hours.


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