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15-Month-Old Burned with Hot Liquid at Virginia Daycare

Jennifer Jussell6 months ago

A baby was sent to the hospital yesterday after being burned by hot water at daycare in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Details of the Accident

The school administration at the Tree of Life Early Learning Center on Greenview Drive told ABC-13 that the incident was a horrible accident.

According to reports, the 15-month-old baby's leg got caught in the cord of a crock pot used to heat bottles, causing the crock-pot to tip over and spill hot water on the child.

The EMT's at the scene said that the child sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

Burn Injury Statistics

According to the American Burn Association:

  • Roughly 450,000 patients receive hospital and ER treatment for burns each year. 
  • Of these burn injuries, roughly 3,400 of them are fatal
  • Burns and fires are the third leading cause of death in the home. 
  • 44% of all burn injuries are a result of fire or flame burning. 
  • 33% of all burn injuries are a result of scalding from wet or moist heat. 
  • Scalding is the most common form of burn injury in children under four years old. 
  • 200,000 children under four years old are burned by scalding liquid every year. 
  • 50% of scalding injuries come from spilled food or drinks. 
  • Roughly 15,000 children a year require hospitalization for burn injuries. 
  • Roughly 1,100 children die each year from burn-related injuries. 
Identifying and Treating Serious Burn

A major burn will often result in:

  • Red, white, or splotchy skin
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Blisters
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Loss of skin

To treat a major burn, it is recommended that the victim or guardian: 

  • Call 911 or emergency medical help immediately if the area burned is larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Protect the burned person from further harm. 
  • Check for signs of circulation, and begin CPR if needed.
  • Remove jewelry, belts, and other restrictive items from any areas that may be swelling. 
  • Do NOT immerse the burn in cold water, as this will put burn victim at risk of hypothermia or shock. 
  • Elevate the burned area above heart level if possible. 
  • Cover the area of the burn with a moist bandage or a clean cloth

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