Texas Bottle Warmer Burn Attorneys
What Are Bottle Warmers Used For?
Bottle warmers are often a necessary tool when caring for infants. They help heat up milk and formula to an optimal and safe temperature so that babies will take the bottle and continue to stay fed.
The process of heating up milk in a bottle warmer requires indirect heat to the bottle – and usually, that requires pouring water into the heating portion of the device. This water helps heat the milk or formula evenly while preserving its nutritional value. Our Texas child injury attorney delves deeper into what can happen when negligence is involved.
Why Do Texas Daycares Need Bottle Warmers?
Many parents place their infants in the care of daycares. That means that bottle warmers are likely to be used by caregivers to heat up milk and formula for babies. It is essential to the safety of children that daycares know how to properly store bottle warmers to ensure children do not get hurt by them.
How Should Bottle Warmers Be Stored in Texas Daycares?
Bottle warmers pose serious risk to babies when not properly stored out of reach from children. To properly store bottle warmers, daycares must ensure that they are
- Out of reach by putting them on a high surface where children cannot knock them over.
- Properly secured so that they do not accidentally tip over.
- Hiding any loose cords - We have found that serious bottle warmer burns happen when cords are accessible to kids. When this happens, a child might pull the cord, and the bottle warmer filled with boiling hot water may fall on them.
What Are the Results of Bottle Warmer Burns at Texas Daycares?
Scalding burns can be devastatingly painful and dangerous to young children. If hot water from a bottle warmer falls onto a child, they may suffer from physical damages like:
- First, second, or third-degree burns
- Painful blisters and peeling skin
- Loss of limbs
- Muscle or tissue damage
- Extreme pain and discomfort
- And even death
Additionally, children who are burned by bottle warmers in daycare also may suffer from non-economic damages like:
Something as simple as properly storing bottle warmers can save a child from suffering from these horrifying injuries. Daycares must ensure that they are doing everything they can to prevent babies from being severely injured, including properly child-proofing their space along with supervising the children in their care.
If Your Child Was Injured in a Bottle Warmer Incident in Daycare
Unfortunately, safety procedures are often overlooked by daycares. Time and time again we see daycares cut corners to save themselves time and money, often at a child’s expense.
If your child was injured because of an improperly stored bottle warmer at daycare, you need to:
- Get immediate medical attention for your child. A severe burn will likely mean a trip to the emergency room and continued care throughout their healing process.
- Get an incident report from the daycare. Make sure that the incident is in their records and that you have a copy of the report.
- Report the incident to the state. If you live in Texas, you’ll be reporting to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which together with the Texas Health and Human Services, is the agency that oversees daycare licensing in the state.
- Contact a Daycare Injury Attorney. Daycare injury attorneys, like our team at The Button Law Firm, have experience handling cases that involve bottle warmer burns at daycare in Dallas, Houston, Midland and across the country. It is important to have a team that is knowledgeable and knows what to do in these often-complicated cases.
Bottle warmer burn cases are 100% preventable. If your child does experience one, it’s important that you hold the daycare accountable and get justice for your child and ensure this type of preventable injury does not happen to another child again.