Use your noodle for kids in the kitchen
TAKE one distracted parent, a cup of steaming hot noodles and a curious kid and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a spike in serious burns cases.
Paramedics are urging parents to pay attention to children — not their phones — in the kitchen as winter’s chill descends.
NSW Ambulance has responded to 152 burn-related emergencies for children under 10 years — or about one a day — already this year and several cases have been made worse by panicked parents driving children straight to hospital. The best way to treat a burn is immediately put the child under cool running water and call an ambulance.
Two-minute noodles, hot coffee, soups and kettles that are too close to the edge of kitchen benches have been the main culprits.
Penrith paramedic Belinda Boothroyd said these call-outs are very distressing.
“We are expecting that there will be a further spike this winter,” she said.
She said parents being distracted by phones was “definitely a factor” in the increase.