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How can I protect my children from skin injuries?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
To help your children avoid skin injuries, you can take a few preventive steps:
  • Do not leave cooking items on the stove, and turn pot handles away from the stove.
  • Keep hot items and liquids away from children.
  • Do not let your children near space heaters.
  • Do not smoke in the house; be sure not to smoke in bed.
  • Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F.
  • Keep household chemicals locked away from children.
  • Keep children at a distance when loading or unloading diswashers.
  • Keep knives, razors, tools, glass, and other sharp or breakable items out of the reach of children.
  • Keep children away from paper shredders and any household appliances that have sharp blades or generate heat.
  • Make sure mirrors and framed pictures are out of children's reach or firmly attached to a wall.

If your child does sustain a burn, be sure to treat that burn as soon as possible to avoid infection. You can treat a burn by cooling the skin and applying antibiotic ointment. More severe burns require professional treatment.

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