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HOT DRINKS HARM
This film highlights the risks of tea and coffee scalds on children. Two children a day are brought into Frenchay Hospital with major burns caused by hot drinks. Burns injuries from tea or coffee account for 60 per cent of admissions to the South West UK Children's Burn Centre at Frenchay. The hospital's burns team wanted to raise awareness of the problem of having hot drinks around small children who can pull cups from tables or kitchen counters.
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Too Hot for Tots | Introduction
Too Hot for Tots! A new program, available to BC parents and caregivers of young children to help educate and prevent serious burn injuries before they happen.
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Jenny Kreuzinger - Healthy Babies Outreach Worker
My name is Jenny Kreuzinger and I work at the Kitimat Child Development Centre (KCDC). I run the Healthy Babies program so my work includes pre and post natal education and supporting new parents in their first year of parenting. There are also numerous programs, a preschool and drop in groups that operate from the KCDC, the majority involve young children.

Prior to moving to Canada I worked as a Pediatric RN in Australia and witnessed firsthand the injuries caused by burns to young children. Once I started working at the KCDC I realised there was a great need and opportunity to educate the staff to reduce the risk of burns occurring. I was able to use the Too Hot for Tots Educator package to do this. This education within the Centre allowed staff to take that knowledge and implement it in their work with clients.

I felt we needed to change our habits regarding hot beverages within the Centre but initially I was met with a lot of resistance in the workplace. I also encountered comments such as ‘it won’t happen to me’ and ‘we know how to be safe with hot drinks’ and in relation to our drop in groups; ‘parents won’t like this’ but once staff had attended the education sessions and viewed the Too Hot for Tots DVD, there was no argument that held up.

My colleagues have many years of experience, but most did not realise the extent of what hot liquids can do to a child’s skin. Just talking about this issue does not get the point across, it is only after viewing the DVD that the impact is made and people ‘get it’. I know it made a profound lasting impact on my colleagues.

We have dramatically reduced the risk of hot beverage burns by either eliminating hot beverages from drop in groups or by only allowing hot beverages in closed lid containers. As a Centre we purchased a large quantity of these containers to make it easy to implement for parents/caregivers and for staff to model good habits.

With my own clients I am able to educate them either pre or postnatally by showing them the DVD and talking about risks. The reception has been positive and reactions include: ‘I had no idea that could happen’, ‘I never thought of making those changes at home’, ‘I will never have a coffee around my child again’. Part of my work includes doing home visits, its here I can assist parents in ‘burn proofing’ their homes.

The Too Hot for Tots Educators’ package is an excellent resource to use and it’s easy to navigate. The visual impact of seeing actual children affected by burns and hearing from their parents makes it very real and there is no better way to convince parents and caregivers to change their mindsets and attitudes.
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