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Burns. 1990 Aug;16(4):291-3.

Scald accidents during water aerosol inhalation in infants.

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Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital (Teaching), Kuwait.

Abstract

A study of 193 infants admitted for burns over a 4-year period revealed 11 infants (5.7 per cent) had sustained scalds during the process of water aerosol inhalation. The water aerosol inhalation therapy was prescribed for respiratory tract infection and carried out at home using either an electric kettle or a saucepan. It appears that infants are prone to this type of injury because of the difficulty of keeping them still during therapy and their inquisitiveness to explore their surroundings. The resulting scalds added to the morbidity of those children already suffering from respiratory tract infections. These accidents can easily be prevented by the alternative use of a humidifier.

PMID:
2257073
DOI:
10.1016/0305-4179(90)90142-j
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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