A scald is a type of burn injury caused by hot liquids and is the type of burn that most often sends children to hospital. Young children under the age of five suffer 83% of all scald injuries requiring hospital admission. Spilled tea, coffee, soup and hot tap water are the leading causes of this painful and potentially serious injury.
Children are at high risk for burns because their skin is thinner than an adult’s skin. A child’s skin burns four times more quickly and deeply than an adult’s at the same temperature.
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