Burns and Scalds
Disaster waiting to happen:
Your baby likes to play with faucets - and that's cool with you. After all, your water heater is set at 120 F, just as safety experts advise.
Playing it safe:
"That temperature setting means only that your baby won't sustain a third-degree burn," warns Danielle Laraque, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Columbia University and the Harlem Hospital Center. A rush of 120-degree water can still cause plenty of pain.
Other ways to keep your baby from getting burned:
Never carry hot drinks or use the stove while holding her. Turn pot handles inward so you won't bump them and spill hot food. Push coffeemakers and other appliances -- along with their cords -- away from the edge of the counter.