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Burn Prevention for Babies
Babies can sometimes be burned by hot liquids, steam or electrical appliances. Just being aware of the danger is a great first step to avoiding it. It’s tempting to carry your baby in your arms or in a baby sling, but don’t hold a baby while carrying anything hot or cooking on the stove. Whether in the kitchen or bathroom (where babies experience more injuries due to hot water burns), here are few tips that can help keep your baby safe from burns.
Top Safety Tips
- With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
- Check the water with your wrist or elbow before giving your baby a bath.
- Microwaves can heat unevenly and create hot spots, so avoid using them to heat baby formula or baby milk.
- Heat bottles by placing them in warm water and make sure they have cooled to the appropriate temperature before feeding your baby.
- Install barriers such as safety gates around fireplaces, ovens and furnaces.