Hospital sees rise in unexpected burns during summertime

News 12 @ 6 o'clock/ Friday, July 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been exactly one week since the Fourth of July, but some folks are still dealing with the aftermath.

The Fourth of July, and just summertime in general brings a lot of kids to the hospital for burns. At last count the burn center had just under fifty injuries from fireworks, and they say that number seems to get bigger every year. But the most common burns are not just from fireworks.

Mary Baker has worked at Wayne's Wacky Fireworks for seven years now. She's seen a lot of damage from folks using fireworks.

She worries about the damage they do, not just for herself, but for her kids and her grand kids.

"We pound it in their head.. do not touch the fireworks do not do fireworks unless an adult is present," she said.

Even a simple sparkler can really do some damage. Physician's assistant Beretta Coffman says the Burn Center at Doctors Hospital has seen just under fifty patients this week from firework related injuries.

"It seems like we see more and more of these every year with fireworks now being legal in Georgia," she said.

But burns from fireworks are not the most common.

Three-year-old Kameryn's mom, Jessica, got quite a scare last Friday when she saw a burn on her daughter's leg, and it wasn't from what she expected. Her older sister made her Ramen noodles, when Kameryn sat down on the couch with her bowl, when she spilled the hot soup on her leg.

Burns like this, are actually the most common in the summer months.

"Children are left at home to do their own cooking so the instant noodle injuries become very popular this time of the year," Coffman said.

Whether it's from soup or from fireworks, doctors just warn you, please be careful. If you do get burned doctors say the best thing you can do is put cold tepid water on it and try to cool it down. But they want you to know you should never use ice, it does more harm than good.


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