Instant Soups Burn Nearly 10,000 Kids Each Year
Approximately 9,500 children between ages 4 and 12 are treated at U.S. emergency rooms annually for burns caused by microwavable instant soup and noodle products. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), these products accounted for at least 2 out of every 10 painful scalding burns in kids during the 10-year period from 2006 to 2016.
The AAP research, which used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, shows that the peak age for these injuries is 7 and the most commonly burned area of the body is the torso. About 57 percent of the children burned by instant soups and noodles each year are girls.
According to researcher Courtney Allen, D.O., FAAP, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, preparation of these microwaveable products may seem simple, but they’re a dangerous burn risk, and caregiver supervision is necessary to prevent injury. Changes by the manufacturers — to make the products more difficult to tip, for example — also may help reduce burn risks.
Sourced from: American Academy of Pediatrics