Burns happen. It’s a part of life and a part of parenting that we can’t always control. In the event of a minor burn in your home, use NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment or Cream to help prevent infection and provide temporary relief from the pain and discomfort. Here are some tips to prevent burns in your home.
• Bathwater – Always test the water in your bathtub before putting your child into it. If the water is too hot for you, it is definitely too hot for them. And never leave a child unattended in the bathtub. Aside from the risk of drowning, they can also burn themselves with scalding water if they figure out how to turn on the faucet.
• Hot Tubs – Don’t let children take baths in a hot tub, Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub. They aren’t designed for little bodies.
• Matches & Lighters – These are not toys for a child. Never leave them out for a child to play with. If you insist on keeping them in the house, make sure that they are put in a safe place where only adults can get to them. Teach your children that these are not toys and should only be used by adults.
• Cigarettes – You shouldn’t be smoking near a child in the first place, but if you choose to do so, make sure that you don’t leave a lit cigarette near your child.
• Heating Devices – Keep a close eye on children when you have heating devices such as radiators, space heaters, and fireplaces on or lit. Never use your oven as a way to heat your home. Children will always put their hands into something they are curious about. Teach them that these are hot and are not to be touched.
• Kitchen – Children love to be involved in food preparation. If you are one of those parents who love to cook with your kids, set them up at the kitchen table away from the hot oven and stove. They can help prepare meals without being in the heat of the kitchen!
• Hot liquids – Keep all hot liquids away from children. If you must have a hot beverage while around your child, keep it covered.
• Microwaves – If your child is old enough to be getting something out of the microwave, then they are old enough to be using a potholder.
Burns occur with microwave dishes just as easily as pots and pans.
• Easily grabbed – Keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove. All cords should be hidden. Do not put hot food and beverages on tablecloths that can be pulled down.
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.