Starchy liquid burns do not have worse outcomes in children relative to hot beverage scalds.
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To characterise children presenting with hot beverage scalds versus scalds caused by starchy water.
Retrospective survey of prospectively collected database of all children presenting over a two-year period.
There were 138 starch scalds and 262 hot beverage injuries. Children with hot beverage injuries were significantly younger (18.2 months; IQR 14.1, 27.8) than those suffering starch scald injuries (51.4 months; 18.7, 102.3; p
Scald injuries caused by starchy liquids do not appear to cause a more severe injury than hot beverage scalds. There is a different pattern of injury from starchy liquids in older children. Children under three years old are less likely to receive appropriate first aid at the scene.
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