Psychologists view - The impact of a scald
After a burn or scald injury, the problems and concerns for parents and siblings are considerable.
They must try to understand both what has happened and the impact on their lives and family relationships.
Many parents experience a terrible sense of guilt surrounding the circumstances of their child’s accident.
Follow this link for more information from the
Child Accident Prevention Trust.
What’s the difference between
a burn and a scald?
Burns Although burns are complex injuries with no solid definition, in simplest terms a burn can be defined as damage to skin cells and tissue caused by fire, heat, electricity, chemicals, radiation, light, or friction. If the burn is severe, it can even damage muscle and fat. And if it's deep enough, it can reach bone.
Scalds Unlike burns, scalds may only damage several layers of skin. They typically don’t reach connective or nerve tissue, muscle, fat, or bone. However, while many scalds can be considered as superficial or first degree burns, if severe enough, scalds can be just as fatal as a third degree burn and may even lead to death. A scald is caused when a portion of skin is exposed to a hot liquid or steam. For instance, scalding is often caused by hot bath water, hot food, cooking fluids like grease, or a hot drink.
Medical professionals count bath water scalds as among the worst injuries
that a child can suffer.
They cause severe facial and bodily scarring which can require years of painful skin grafts.
A scald over more than 20% of the body
– not uncommon if a child falls into a bath of hot water – has the same impact
as being hit by a bus.