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Young Children at Risk for Burns from Bath Water and Kitchen Appliances

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Liana DeMasi2 years ago

According to a report published in Medscape, younger children are at greater risk for being burned by hot bath water while older children are at greater risk for being burned by kitchen appliances such as coffee pots, cups or stoves.

Details of the Scalding Injury Report

The Center for Injury Research and Policy at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland are conducting an intervention program for new mothers to prevent scald burns.

The team discovered 2,014 cases of scald burns from 2009-2012 in children under three.

The CDC is advising parents to set their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the risk of scalding burns in bathtubs. Also, parents are being advised to be mindful of where they place hot kitchen appliances as to reduce risk of burns there. 

Scald Burn Facts

  • From 2009-2012 there were 2,014 scald burn cases in children under three.
  • 58% of those cases were boys.
  • Approximately 50% of the cases were white children. 
  • Over 50% of the cases were of children between one and two years old. 
  • 23% were under one year old. 


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