Mom Urges Parents To Be Careful After 9-Month-Old Is Scalded By Hot Garden Hose Water


There have been several incidents involving the sun’s hot rays and overall heat. Heat advisories, watches, and warnings have been plaguing the country all summer. Whether it’s a bad burn or a child being left in a hot car, it’s apparent that people are still trying to figure out the best way to beat the heat.

After a news story arose about a child getting a bad burn, experts advise parents to be cautious of letting their kids around water hoses baking in the sun. Why? It could expose your child to a second or third degree burn.


A San Tan Valley mother wants to warn other parents after her 9-month-old boy was accidentally sprayed with scalding hot…

Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A 9-month-old boy in San Tan Valley, AZ was accidentally sprayed with scalding hot water from the garden hose as his mother was trying to fill his kiddie pool. About 30% of his body suffered bad burns and blistering, including on his face and back.

“He had blisters all over the right side,” his mother said in a statement, “All of it was peeling.”


Despite the fact that the mother was told her son would recover just fine, this still raises awareness for caution when deciding to pick up the garden hose. According to Dr. Kevin Foster, director of the Arizona Burn Center, water that’s been sitting out in the hot sun (in addition to a garden hose) can reach up to 190 degrees. “It doesn’t reach boiling, but it does get almost there. It’s about as hot as coffee coming out of the pot,” he says, “A burn happens almost instantaneously at that temperature.”

Excessive heat watches and warnings were issued for millions of people living in southern California, southern Nevada, and western and southern Arizona. Temperatures in Arizona tend to rise well above 100 degrees, which is when sitting water can become a threat to children playing outside. In addition to the heat warnings, the mix of hot and humid air causes the heat index to rise well above 100 degrees as well.

Most burns, despite being super painful, can usually be treated at home. Cool water (not ice cold) and compresses can typically help soothe a burn. Anything that is larger or deeper than a pink, blistery burn should be checked out by a doctor.

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