Hot cups and mugs are the biggest causes of burns in children. This is according to (based on, as shown by) research from Cardiff University in Wales, U.K. The lead (The main or best) researcher, Professor Alison Mary Kemp, said parents needed to (had to) be more aware of (know, realize, notice) the dangers to children of everyday (usual) objects in the home. She said the most dangerous time for toddlers (a child who is just learning to walk) to burn themselves is from nine months of age. This is when babies begin crawling and walking. They start exploring the rooms around them.
Of course, babies do not know what is dangerous and what is not, so they touch everything they can reach up to (reach to, access to, have access to). Dr Kemp said: “Parents may underestimate (think or guess something is lower than it really is) the potential reach height of their toddler.”
The researchers looked at data from three leading (the best) burns departments in U.K. hospitals, as well as (in addition to) five emergency departments. Almost 75 per cent of children treated (received treatment or medicine) for burns were under the age of five, with most burn injuries happening to one-year-olds. Most of the burns were because the child reached up and pulled a cup or mug containing a hot drink (having a hot drink inside) on top of themselves.
The researchers warned (alerted, to tell someone that something bad might happen) that any hot drink could burn a baby, even 15 minutes after it has been made. This is because a baby’s skin is much thinner than an adult’s skin, so it is easier to burn. The researchers advised (suggested) parents to have a rethink about (think again about, reconsider, think carefully about) where they place (put) hot objects and keep them out of reach of (inaccessible to, unreachable to) small children.
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