Instant soups account for more than 20% of pediatric scalds

Instant soups account for more than 20% of pediatric scalds

ORLANDO, Florida – Scalding, a major cause of preventable injury in children, is often caused by instant soups and noodles, with 20% of the pediatric injuries caused by these products, according to a study presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition.

"I think pediatricians have a big role to play in preventing these injuries, especially with general pediatricians." CourtNey Allen, DO, an emergency doctor at Emory University, told Infectious diseases in children, "At every visit and every annual check-up, paediatricians give forward-looking instructions. I think it is very important to discuss this issue as children become more mobile, independent and curious. We need to remind parents that children who are able to grab and walk a cup may be distracted and may not be so coordinated. "

Allen analyzed the data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to determine how many pediatric patients were treated between January 2006 and December 2016 for scalding injuries related to instant soups, instant noodles and soup cups, and water for soup production. Children included in the analysis were between 4 and 12 years old.

According to the monitoring system data, 4,518 scalds were reported during the investigation period. It has been estimated that scalding affects 9,521 children aged 4 to 12 every year in the United States. Instant soups were the cause of 21.5% of these cases and the average patient age was 7.22 years. Almost half of the patients were male, and when the breed was reported, 48.8% of the patients were black.

A bowl of soup

The research results presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition show that instant soups, noodles and soup cups are responsible for nearly 25% of children's scald injuries.

Source: CDC

Scalding injuries occurred most commonly in the trunk (40.1%). Almost all injuries were treated in the emergency department and released from the first visit (90.4%). No deaths were reported.

"Children need to be monitored properly," said Allen. "It's the main form of prevention [of soup-related scald injuries], I think education is the first step in getting this message across to parents and pediatricians. Further research is needed to see if something can be done with product design to make these products safer. – by Katherine Bortz


Allen C. et al. Immediate soup brewing injuries in children. Presented at: AAP National Conference & Exhibition; 2-6. November 2018; Orlando, Fla.

disclosure: Allen reports no relevant financial information.

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