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Often burns from hot liquids in childhood
The most common accidents in infancy include burns with hot liquids such as cocoa or tea. The action day "Caution hot!" On Saturday is intended to draw attention to the dangers.
Annually more than 30,000 children with burn injuries In order to draw attention to the dangers that hot liquids can pose for children, "Paulinchen - Initiative for burn injured children eV" is calling the "Day of the burn injured child" on Saturday, December 7th ("" ) out. The day of the campaign has the motto: "Caution hot!" And is taking place for the fourth time. Nationwide, more than 30,000 children suffer burns and scalds every year that require medical attention. Around 6,000 children are injured so severely that treatment is required in a hospital. Most of the accidents that cause burns occur in children under the age of five.
Burn injuries often lead to lifelong consequences, cause severe pain and are usually associated with lengthy treatments. Depending on the degree of the burns, operations and hospital stays of up to weeks or months are sometimes necessary. Therapeutic treatment is often necessary even after many years. In addition, the accident itself can be traumatic for the child and the permanent scars usually affect the rest of life.
Young children need to learn the meaning of “Caution hot!” The Paulinchen initiative advises those affected by accidents and helps them choose care, for example. With today's day of action Paulinchen wants to draw attention to the consequences of thermal injuries in childhood, their treatment, the risk of accidents and first aid. According to experts, prevention could prevent around 60 percent of all accidents. "It is very important that young children learn what it means when something is dangerously hot as soon as they become mobile," explains Adelheid Gottwald, chairwoman of the Paulinchen association. "Parents should be aware of the dangers in the home environment and adapt the safety measures again and again to the constantly increasing range of their children."
Parents must be sensitized to risks. The managing director of the Federal Working Group on More Safety for Children (BAG), Martina Abel, emphasizes the importance of warning about the dangers: “It is very important that parents are aware of the risks posed by fire and hot liquids are sensitized. ”The graduate psychologist continues:“ Only mothers and fathers who know the dangers can protect their children. ”The dangers are often underestimated. Even a cup of hot tea could be enough to scald up to 30 percent of an infant's skin. Hot surfaces such as hotplates or irons, open flames, sockets or acidic liquids can also be dangerous.
Focus on fire protection education Fire protection education is a particular focus of the campaign day this year. Children should not only be kept away from heat sources, but parents should also explain the dangers to them. This also applies to educators and teachers in kindergartens and schools. Professor Dr. Dr. Bert Reichert, President of the German Society for Combustion Medicine and Chief Physician of the Clinic for Plastic, Restorative and Hand Surgery at the Nuremberg South Clinic, explains why even small burns can have big consequences: “A burned palm is a comparatively small area, but it is a complicated treatment "He continues:" The scars on the hand do not grow and contract, so these children have to be operated on again and again. "
Take the child to the doctor as soon as possible. However, if you are burned despite all the precautions, you are advised to immediately hold the injured area under cool water for ten to 15 minutes. It should be noted that the water should not be colder than 15 degrees, otherwise there is a risk of hypothermia. In principle, the child should be taken to a doctor or clinic as soon as possible, or an emergency doctor should be called. Campaigns take place nationwide with the participation of clinics, fire departments, medical practices, pharmacies, medical supply stores, kindergartens as well as organizations and people who are involved in thermal injuries in childhood. (ad)