October 23, 2003
Bath Water Burns
Steps to prevent them
(HealthDayNews) -- Every year, thousands of children are scalded in bath water that's too hot, according to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
These injuries are easily prevented. Here are some suggestions:
- Run cold water into the tub first, then add hot water to reach a safe temperature. This will prevent a scald burn if your child should fall into the tub while it is being filled.
- Before placing your child into the tub, check the water temperature by running your hand through the water for a few seconds. If it feels hot, it's too hot for your child.
- Face your child away from the faucet, and closer to the other end of the tub.