Mum warns about dangers of common household appliance after her toddler suffered fourth degree burns.
UK mum, Jade Bishop, warned others on Facebook after her 16-month-old son was left with fourth degree burns. Sharing photos of the toddler’s blistering hand, the mum explained how being an inquisitive toddler, her little one loves to follow her around when she’s vacuuming the house.
Jade shares, “So I wasn’t going to post this for a few reasons. Mainly the criticism from people and the fact that I felt like the world’s worst mum. But it appears to be a lot more common than I ever realised! I just want people to realise the dangers of children and vacuum cleaners!
So basically my little man being the inquisitive 16 month old he is loves to follow me around while I Hoover up the house , yep no big deal he even pushes it and helps me occasionally. So I turn the vacuum (Dyson) off and turn my back to unplug it from the wall. I hear Theo turn it back on, turn my head to hear him screaming. I yank the plug from the wall and he has managed to put his thumb in the bottom of the Dyson where the bristles spin at a crazy speed.
I go to him quicker than I ever have to see he’s got a nasty looking burn on his hand! I get him straight to the minor injuries unit (crying my eyes out panicking) thinking we would be dressed, bandaged and sent on our way to heal!
But no, we are referred to Bristol children’s hospital to see burns specialists and plastic surgeons the next day, with a 4th degree burn and possibly exposed tendons, they are now talking about possibilities of skin grafts and surgery & nasty scarring with restricted movement as he grows, having his burn cleaned and redressed every three days and an appointment with specialists weekly!
All from no longer than 5 seconds of having his thumb in that Hoover!
Please please please do not let your children near the vacuum cleaners!!
After talking with my nurse and her telling me just how common this kind of burn is!
It makes you realise that
a) I’m not the world’s worst mum (in actual fact I’m the miss health and safety)
B) we are not the first and we won’t be the last!
But making people aware of it could stop just one more tiny finger or thumb from ending up like this.
I just do not want any other parents to feel like I have the last week!”
Her post has been shared over 10,000 times.
Poor little man.
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