Use your noo­dle for kids in the kitchen

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE -

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.

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