Should we recommend steam inhalation to patients?
STEAM inhalation has been recommended for relieving the symptoms of respiratory infections. Will you recommend it?
A study involving 150 Welsh GPs has shown that this treatment has risks. Over a period of five years, 16 children required treatment in a burns unit because of steam inhalation injuries. Their mean age was a bit older than seven. Most of the injuries were partial thickness burns which could be managed with dressings. Only one child required skin grafting, but 10 children needed admission to hospital. The average stay in hospital was 2.7 days and it took an