I thought some of you may be interested to see the damage a cup of tea can do.
On tuesday, I stupidly left a cup of tea on the table in the kitchen while opening the back door to go and do my work.. on the way back to the table, I got distracted for about 10 seconds... what I hadnt realised is my 14month old son had quickly crawled accross the room, stood up at the table... and pulled the tea down... he screamed the loudest scream I have every heard and my girlfriend and I ran to him,, grabbed him, saw the tea had spilt on him and upon taking his clothes off, we saw the worst site we've ever seen.. his chest was bright red, and it looked like the skin had just all melted
The tea hit him mainly on the chest, and splashed under his chin and on to his hand.. we called 999, and an ambulance arrived, he was wrapped up in cling film and we were taken to southampton general hospital, on arrival he had to have a shot of morphine to deal with the pain, the burns were checked and we were then sent over to Salisbury District hospitals burns unit.
His burns were checked by a nurse, and a plastic surgeon... he had deep tissue damage on a small area on his chest, and mainly superficial burns elsewhere
He was then redressed and then we spent the rest of the day waiting around for him to get a slot in theatre so the burns could be properly cleaned, and have a special biological dressing called Biobrane to help repair the deep tissue damage. We spent the next few days in hospital, and finally arrived home late on friday night.
He has been checked out by several doctors, and they say the wounds are healing well, but only time will tell. We have to go back and visit the hospital this coming week and have the dressings changed again...
I just want people to be aware why it is so important to put hot drinks well out of the way of children, until we saw this we never realised a cup of tea would do so much damage in such a short time.. his clothes were off within 30 seconds of it happening and he was having cold water poured on him.
I've attached a picture which was taken on friday morning when he had the dressings changed.