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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 101-103

Scald burns in a 7-h old neonate: A consequence of traditional hot water bath

Department of Paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, Nigeria

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Dr. Abubakar Sani Lugga
Department of Paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina
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DOI: 10.4103/ijb.ijb_7_20

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Burn injuries are rare in the neonatal period. Most of the cases reported in the literature are iatrogenic. We report the case of a 7-h old female neonate who presented with domestic accidental scald burns involving 18% of the total body surface area. She sustained the burns during a traditional bath with hot water. She was resuscitated with intravenous fluid, and urine output was monitored. She was nursed under a radiant heater and was given analgesics and tetanus antitoxin. She had wound sepsis from Pseudomonas species which was successfully treated with intravenous antibiotic (ceftazidime). She also had anemia which was corrected with packed red blood cell transfusion. Wound dressing was done with antibiotic-impregnated gauze until the wounds were satisfactorily healed. She was discharged from the hospital on the 29th-day postburn.

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