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Warning over hot drinks after figures reveal 30 children a day suffer burns

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Thirty babies and toddlers go to hospital with a hot drink burn every day, new figures have revealed.

The Children's Burns Trust and British Burn Association have launched a new campaign to help raise awareness of the dangers.

The Safe Tea campaign highlights that 60% of all under 3 paediatric burn patients to A&E are due to a hot drink burn.

I never thought a cup of coffee could cause such damage.

– Laura Jakes

Cambridgeshire mum Laura Jakes’ son Arthur was burned by a hot drink when he was just two-years-old.

Arthur grabbed a cup of coffee and spilled it down his side.

Laura said: "It's devastating when it does happen. It was a fifteen-minute-old cup of coffee. It was pushed way back on the side, so he managed to climb up and grab it.

"I never though a cup of coffee could cause such damage as what it has to Arthur."

Laura Jakes' son Arthur suffered burns after grabbing a hot coffee. Credit: Laura Jakes

Laura added: "Following Arthur's accident I'm determined to raise awareness of the dangers of hot drinks around children and how these devastating injuries can happen in seconds.

“We're hoping that showing the pictures of this distressing injury to Arthur means that more parents/carers are aware of the dangers of hot drinks around children. Even if one family doesn't have to go through what we went through it will be worth it."

Arthur, 2, suffered burns to his side from hot coffee. Credit: Laura Jakes

Paul Fuller, Chair of The Children's Burns Trust, said: "Looking at the shocking number of burn and scald injuries that take place across the UK every year brings into stark reality how common these injuries are.

“The vast majority of burn injuries are accidents and most are entirely avoidable. On National Burns Awareness Day 2019, we need to see greater awareness about prevention and good first aid, both of which are key to reducing the number of accidents."

Around 30 children a day suffer hot drink burns, according to the latest figures. Credit: Laura Jakes

FIRST AID ADVICE FROM THE BRITISH BURN ASSOCIATION

  • Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).
  • Call for help for any burn larger than a 50p coin: 999, 111 or local GP for advice.
  • Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.