We don’t need to tell you that your baby’s skin is super sensitive, so even hot water and hot drinks can scald badly.   Here are some safety tips to bear in mind and to prevent the unthinkable…

Child safety – preventing burns and scalds

  • Use fireguards designed to protect children. Heaters are safer if fixed to a wall and used with a heater guard.
  • Don’t drink hot liquids with a baby on your lap or in your arms, or have a baby on your lap at the table within grasping or knocking distance of anything hot.
  • Radiators can burn a baby’s skin. You may need to turn the heating down or use a radiator guard.
  • Hot water from the tap can scald. Turn the hot water system down to 54°C/130°F.
  • The inside of a freezer can cause an ice burn. Use a freezer lock so your baby or toddler cannot open the door.
  • The dangling cord from an iron on an ironing board is very tempting to a crawling baby. Do the ironing when he is safely in bed, or pop him in his highchair with a few toys so he can watch you but cannot reach the iron.
  • Swap flexes on kettles and appliances for curly ones that won’t dangle over the edge of a worktop and tempt a crawling baby to pull on them.
  • Use a cooker guard. Get into the habit of using the rear burners or plates on the cooker rather than the front ones. Turn pan handles towards the back of the cooker.
  • At a temperature which may feel only hot to an adult, an oven door can burn a baby’s skin badly. Fit an oven door guard, which adds an extra insulating layer to the door.
  • Always put cold water in the bath first. Adding cold water after hot is potentially unsafe; you could forget to add the cold or an older child could climb in, thinking the bath is ready.
  • The bath water should feel warm to your elbow – the traditional way of checking (your hand is too accustomed to hot temperatures). A bath thermometer removes all doubt.
  • Wrap a towel around taps to prevent hot water from dripping and to avoid heads being bumped on them.