1. Toddler suffers second-degree burns after walking barefoot on playground rubber matting.
Heat warning: ‘He just stood there screaming’ https://t.co/ClMjdb4R31
— Jodie O’Brien (@jodieobrien) February 7, 2017
A Townsville mum has issued a warning to fellow parents after her 15-month-old son suffered second degree burns after walking on hot rubber matting at a playground.
Jessica Mead said her son Jackson had been running barefoot on an oval before walking over to the playground.
“He raced out to the playground and started screaming. That ear piecing scream where your ‘mumtum’ sinks. He had no shoes on and the surface was boiling,” she wrote in a Facebook post on her blog’s page.
“Instead of moving, because after all he’s still only a little toddler, he just stood there screaming, it was like his feet were glued to the surface. I ran so fast to grab him, and I tipped water on his feet.”
The 29-year-old mum noticed the soles of Jackson’s feet had blistered immediately.
The next day, a GP confirmed Jackson was suffering from second-degree, superficial burns.
“Our doctor told us Jackson was the third child she had seen that week with similar burns, including another one from the same park and one from a day care where staff had apparently forgotten to put away a rubber mat before the kids went outside,” Jessica told The Courier Mail.
“Let this be a reminder to all parents to check the surfaces before kids play, and if I’m not already stating the obvious, hats and shoes aren’t negotiable in summer.” she wrote.
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