Hair straighteners and mugs top child burns list

Researchers looked at the overall pattern of burns in children aged 16 years and younger by investigating patient data for 1215 children admitted to three leading burns units as well as five emergency departments in the UK.

The study found the mechanisms, agents and patterns of burns differed significantly between children under the age of five and those older than five. 

Hair straighteners and irons were the leading cause of contact burns in infants and toddlers, while hot beverages pulled down from a table or counter top were responsible for more than half of total scald injuries.

In school-age children, scalds were predominately from spill injuries from food or domestic containers of hot water rather than hot beverages, while contact burns were predominately sustained outdoors.

The peak prevalence of burns and scalds started at nine months of age – when toddlers begin to move independently and explore their environment