EVANS, GA (WJBF) – A local mother says her 15-month-old boy burned his feet while playing on her deck.
Now she’s warning other parents of the dangers of hot surfaces outside.
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It started like a normal day out on deck for Alexander Wall, but ended with a trip to the emergency room and second-degree burns on his feet.
“They’re nice and clean today because they just changed them,” said Krystal Wall. Alexander’s mother.
15-month-old Alexander Wall is now crawling around instead of walking.
“He got used to figuring out he could crawl pretty quickly,” said Wall.
That was after he burned his feet while walking barefoot on the backyard deck.
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“He didn’t cry, he wasn’t really picky, it took about 20 minutes and then he started getting upset,” she said.
Alexander was with his babysitter that day. She didn’t know what was wrong with him until she looked at his feet.
“He’s probably been screaming for a couple of hours,” said Wall.
Alexander has second degree burns. His mother took him to the doctors’ hospital. Where doctors from the burn department had him operated on the next day.
“And they did a debridement and put some skin over it and some bandages,” she said.
Alexander is now in recovery and should be back to normal in a week or so. Beretta Coffman is the Chief Clinical Officer of the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America. She says it is common for younger children to get burned hands, feet, and the back of their legs on asphalt, patios, and even playground equipment.
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“During the summer months these surfaces get extremely hot, even on a 75-degree day these surfaces can reach 125 degrees and that can burn a child,” said Coffman.
Coffman says it’s easier for children to get burned on such surfaces because their skin isn’t as thick as an adult’s. They also have a slower response.
“So when you step on a hot surface as an adult, you move away very quickly. With a 15 month old child, they are often very stunned and do not know what to do, ”she said.
Coffman says that most children experience second-degree burns and sometimes even third-degree burns in extremely hot temperatures.
“Often times these burns look red at first but then start to blister, and once those blisters are removed the burn surface is very pink, rough and painful,” she said.
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But there are ways to prevent this from happening.
“A good rule of thumb is if you can put your hand on this surface and slowly count to 5, it’s probably safe for a child,” said Coffman.
Dr. Coffman says if your child gets a superficial burn, it’s best not to treat them with home remedies such as mustard or aloe vera until they have been examined by a doctor. She also says that burns should not be treated with cold water or ice.