Toddler suffered horrific second and third-degree burns to his feet after walking on a scorching hot ground.

Fourteen-month-old Jagger Simmons was rushed to hospital on New Year’s Day with terrrible burns after running over a hot footpath while playing in his grandma’s backyard.

His horrified mum Pippa Simmons, 34, has recalled the moment she heard Jagger’s cries, resulting in him being rushed to Perth Children’s Hospital.

“We’d been playing outside and we put him down on the ground, barefoot, for just ten seconds or so, and the next minute he was screaming,” Ms Simmons told Channel 10.

“They had to cut the blisters away from his feet and then that exposed some nerves which they were quite worried about,” Mrs Simmons said, recalling the ordeal.

What to do if your child suffers burns

If your child does incur a burn, the best thing to do is hold the affected area under cool running water for 20 minutes. If the burn is minor and hasn’t caused the skin to blister or break, you shouldn’t need to see a doctor. But for all other burns, or if you’re particularly concerned, seek medical assistance.

Thankfully, Jagger recovered well and is back on his bandaged little feet two weeks after his accident.

But his Mum doesn’t want to see any other families go through the same agony, especially as Australia is currently enduring a “Code Red” heatwave.

“Nothing breaks your heart more than hearing your child scream in pain.” Ms Simmons said.

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  • You can get burnt so quickly but it takes a long time to recover.


  • Poor little mite. So easily done though. We don’t realise how hot the cement can get !


  • Poor little mite! My kids are ratbags for taking their shoes off and taking off outside


  • Poor little tyke. I was in a kids playground with sails the other day and when bub toddled to the bottom of the slide I was encouraging him to climb but he patted it and looked at me, then bent and patted it again. Only when I patted it as well, thinking it was some game he was playing did I realise how very hot the slide was.


  • The footpath or road surface is often hotter than the air temperature in warm / hot weather..
    Check playground equipment before allow youngsters to play on it at all too. There has also been reports of children getting either their shoes stuck on playground or sports ground surfaces at schools. Several pupils have been running , got one shoe stuck then fallen and broken their ankle or other bones in their feet


  • Oh how awful. Poor little thing.


  • One reason why toddlers should always have shoes on outside! I’m confused though……the mum says he was put down on the ground for only 10 seconds. Does this mean he was put on the hot footpath? Or did he toddle onto it in those brief 10 seconds


  • Poor little darling. Shoes are a must.


  • Wearing shoes is pretty sensible in this weather.


  • If it’s too hot for your feet it’s too hot for theirs. Always, always, always check and if it seems okay then check again using your wrist just to be safe.


  • How terrible they burn my feet some days so I can only imagine the poor baby.


  • Poor little darling. We try and always check the pavement before our kids and dog go outside. It gets so hot so quickly.


  • I always make sure to check the ground or ensure my son is wearing shoes. Even on some cloudy days the ground can get really hot. Hope bubba is making a fast recovery


  • Oh, sweetie. Footpaths can get really hot!!


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