MNT: Essential Information, Advice On Prevention and Treatment of Burns In Children

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EDITOR’S NOTE: From kids tipping over a pot of hot liquid out of curiosity to washing up under a too-hot faucet, burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents.

This comprehensive Medical News Today report provides essential information and advice on the prevention and treatment of burns in children.

— Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-in-Chief

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MEDICAL NEWS TODAY — Children and infants are curious little creatures. They are always looking for something to touch, grab or put into their mouths. Unfortunately, at times – especially when this curiosity is around a source of heat – serious burns and scalds can occur.

Hot liquid-related scalding is one of the most common accidents children experience.

Minor burns can often be treated safely at home, yet in certain circumstances, medical attention is necessary.

Although hot liquids are the most common cause of burns in children, other ways in which children obtain a burn are through contact with a flame or hot object, sun exposure, contact with chemicals such as drain cleaner, electrical burns from sticking fingers or objects into electrical outlets or chewing on electrical cord.

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