Children are not receiving proper first aid for burns, according to a new study.
Scalds accounted for the majority of burns in children presenting to a hospital burns unit, according to a the study.
A survey of 313 burns unit admissions found that 54% of the admissions had scalds, 22% had contact burns and 18% had received burns from flames.
The survey found that the burns injuries sustained were largely preventable. Only 12.4% of the children admitted had received the appropriate first aid when the burn occurred.
According to the researchers, the study identifies deficiencies in the public's knowledge of first aid management of burns.
The study is published in the newsletter of the Health Promoting Hospitals network.