Scalds and burns from hot liquids have been alarmingly increasing on the North Coast during recent months.
Scalds and burns from hot liquids have been alarmingly increasing on the North Coast during recent months.

North Coast sadly running hot for scalds and burns

HOT drinks, cooking oil and microwave noodles are among the top offenders responsible for a record number of Coffs kids being treated for scalding and burns.

Of the 204 babies and toddlers treated across the state in the past eight months, 121 came from Northern NSW.

NSW Ambulance warned on Wednesday winter was the time for parents to be most aware of the dangers of leaving hot drinks and cooking pots near small children.

Inspector John Brotherhood said the most common causes were children either having a hot beverage spilled on them or upending a pot of cup onto themselves,

He said treating young victims was particularly distressing.

"The children are not only suffering and in terrible pain, their skin is basically degloving (peeling off) in front of you," Insp Brotherhood said.

"..The parents are panicked and frightened hard - they believe they've done the wrong thing and they're doing things like wrapping the child in warm blankets to comfort them rather than taking the appropriate care."

Other common accidents in the North Coast statistics involved pressure cookers, radiator burns and boiling bath water.

Parents are advised to treat scalds and burns with running cold water for at least 20 minutes or until paramedics arrive.


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