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¿Cómo deben viajar en coche los niños que tienen quemaduras importantes?


Burns are skin injuries caused by exposure to certain hot materials but they can also be caused by coming into contact with chemical products or elements at very low temperatures. The most common causes of burns are usually down to coming into contact with very hot liquids or solids or the flames of a fire.

Burns are classified into different degrees of severity based on the wounds that they cause. First-degree burns are only superficial and do not cause blistering, while second-degree burns cause reddening and blisters and can also penetrate deeper into the skin.

The burns which we will concern ourselves with in this article are third and fourth-degree burns, which are the most severe of all.  Third-degree burns damage the dermis and epidermis and the burn site appears white or charred, while fourth-degree burns can even damage the bones, muscles and body tissue surrounding it. These last types of burns are not painful because the nerve endings have disappeared.

Sometimes skin grafts from other parts of the body are used to heal severe burns and in these cases the child must remain in bandages for several days or weeks until the tissue has regenerated. It is fundamental to follow the doctors' guidelines at this time, in terms of when and how the bandages should be changed, and therefore it may not be advisable to travel by car if the child has been burnt in areas which come into contact with the harnesses or the seat belts of a child car seat.

How should children with severe burns travel by car?

When a child suffers second-degree burns or higher, the child should be taken to hospital in order for the doctors to assess his or her health. In more serious cases, the child may have to stay in the hospital for several days or weeks until the skin tissue starts to heal. For this reason, children suffering from severe burns over a large part of their body do not normally travel by car.

If the area that has been burnt does not coincide with any part of the body which will come into contact with the child car seat or harnesses there is no need to make any further adjustments other than putting the child in comfortable clothing and ensuring the car has a good inside temperature.

If the burnt area is quite large and the trip is unavoidable, aside from using soft and breathable clothing other precautions should be taken.

If the parts of the child's body that are coming into contact with the seat belts or harnesses have been injured we recommend using foam padding while ensuring that they do not affect the seat's effectiveness. This is how we can provide extra protection for the skin which is healing itself.

Remember that child restraint systems should be properly adjusted in order to protect the child during trips and anything which is inserted between the child car seat and the child can detrimentally affect its functioning. We therefore recommend consulting with a medical practitioner before using padding in the child seat, in order to find out whether it could affect the child in the event of an accident or if it could delay their healing.

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