If you have young children, protecting your children from scalding is one of the most important things you can do for their safety. Every year 200,000 children sustain burn injuries due to accidental scalding. In fact, scalding is the most common burn injury in children under the age of 4. It is estimated that half of all scalding injuries are from spilled food and drinks. The rest are from hot tap water and hot items, such as heaters, stoves, and irons.
Causes of Scalding
Scalding injuries caused by wet or moist heat account for one-third of all admissions to burn centers. Scalding causes deeper damage than a burn from dry heat. These injuries often heal slower and cause more scarring, as well. Most scalds result in first or second degree burns, but some are more severe and cause third degree burns. [Read more…]