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DAK: Half of Advent accidents happen to children
Accidents often happen, especially during Advent. Most accidents happen to children who cannot yet properly assess the health risks. According to the health insurance company DAK, around 100 DAK health insurers had to be treated for hospital burns in November and December last year. Half of the patients were children.

Most common cause: hot drinks
"Children don't burn themselves so often on candles, but much more often on hot stoves, ovens or drinks," says DAK doctor Elisabeth Thomas. “Parents should not underestimate their child's urge to research and never leave them alone when baking, cooking or with candles and matches. Even hot drinks are out of the reach of children. ”

Children's skin particularly sensitive
Burns are particularly dangerous for children. Because their skin is thinner than that of adults. Deep injuries occur more quickly. “Already 60 degrees are enough for a certain duration to cause skin burns,” warns Thomas. "There is already a danger to life in children when eight percent of the body's surface is burned." A cup of tea alone can scald up to 30 percent of a child's skin.

First aid: Cool the wound with cold water
If an accident occurs, action must be taken quickly. Serious injuries need medical attention quickly. "Until the emergency doctor arrives, don't touch the wound if possible and cool under running cold water for about 20 minutes," recommends the DAK doctor. "Cooling prevents the burns from causing damage even in deeper layers of the skin." Thomas advises against ointments, powder or household remedies such as butter and flour. "They do not help, but jeopardize healing because they stick to the open wound." Clothing should only be removed if it does not stick firmly. In total, around 700 DAK insured had to be hospitalized for several days last year due to burns. (DAK, sb Nov 23, 2010)

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