Scalds and burns

Children are at high risk for burns because their skin is thinner than an adult's skin. A child's skin burns four times more quickly and deeply than an adult's at the same temperature.

Serious burns can have long-term consequences for a child. They often must have many skin grafts and may have to wear compression garments for up to two years. Because children are always growing, they are likely to have scarring and contracting of the skin and underlying tissue as they heal. Many children are left with disfigurement, permanent physical disability and emotional difficulties.