Avoid dis­tress of hot cuppa hor­rors

It’s an ev­ery­day scene. Mum drink­ing a hot cuppa while car­ry­ing her baby. Dad plac­ing his cof­fee at the edge of a ta­ble as his baby plays at his feet. The cuppa spills and baby is hos­pi­talised with deep burn in­juries

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

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Safekids New Zealand ad­vises all par­ents to be ex­tra care­ful when con­sum­ing or han­dling hot liq­uids around chil­dren, es­pe­cially dur­ing the com­ing cold months.

Ac­cord­ing to Safekids, of chil­dren aged one to two years old hos­pi­talised due to se­vere burn in­juries, over half are burned by spilt hot drinks (tea and cof­fee) and other liq­uids (such as soups and noo­dles).

Safekids also said while fa­tal­i­ties were few, hot sub­stance burns (liq­uids, sur­faces, ob­jects) caused at least three times the num­ber of chil­dren ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals com­pared to burns from fire and flame. It is es­ti­mated that al­most six chil­dren are burnt se­verely enough to be hos­pi­talised each week.


Ann Weaver, di­rec­tor of Safekids, said the dan­gers posed by hot liq­uids be­ing split on chil­dren were of­ten un­der­es­ti­mated.

‘‘A child’s skin is thin­ner than an adult’s, so hot liq­uids burn quicker, deeper and at lower tem­per­a­tures. In nor­mal con­di­tions, a hot cuppa that was made 15 min­utes pre­vi­ously, can still burn a young child,’’ she said.

‘‘Hot wa­ter burns like fire and a sin­gle hot drink spilled over a baby is equiv­a­lent to a bucket of boil­ing wa­ter over an adult.’’

Safekids said that se­verely burned ba­bies of­ten re­quired mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions and treat­ments.

‘‘ Burnt chil­dren and their traumatised fam­i­lies will have to deal with the con­se­quences of these in­juries for the rest of their lives,’’ Ms Weaver said.

Be­low are tips from Safekids and Burn Sup­port Char­i­ta­ble Trust which iden­tify a num­ber of ways to avoid hot cuppa hor­rors:

First Aid: Ap­ply run­ning wa­ter from the cold tap gen­tly over the burn for at least 20 min­utes. If in any doubt re­gard­ing the burn, seek med­i­cal ad­vice im­me­di­ately.

Al­ways keep hot drinks out of reach, near the cen­tre of a ta­ble, not at the edge.

Never hold a child and a hot drink at the same time and be aware of chil­dren when hold­ing a hot drink.

Ac­tively su­per­vise chil­dren.

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