Burn Prevention for Babies and Young Children

Burns are painful, and they damage your child's skin. Here's what you can do to help prevent them:

  • Keep the handles of hot pots and pans turned toward the inside of the stovetop at all times, even when you think your child's not around.
  • Cover or barricade exposed heaters and heater grates.
  • Screen or barricade fireplaces, grills, and any place in your house that has a hot surface.
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees F or lower to avoid accidental scalds.
  • Test the temperature of bath water with the inside of your wrist or elbow before you put your child in.
  • Get locking faucets to prevent your child from giving herself a rinse with too-hot water.
  • Get electrical cords out of the way. If your child bites them, she can get a serious burn.

If your child does get burned and develops blisters, he has a second-degree burn. Take him to your healthcare provider for proper treatment. Burns on your child's hands and face also need special attention, so don't hesitate to have them looked at, even if they're small.

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