PCF to review systems, processes in childcare centres after infant scalded
- POSTED: 11 Oct 2013 00:00
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The PAP Community Foundation said it has sent its safety audit team to review the current systems and processes in its childcare centres' infant bays, after a nine-month-old baby was allegedly scalded at its Jurong West centre.
SINGAPORE: The PAP Community Foundation (PCF) said it has sent its safety audit team to review the current systems and processes in its childcare centres' infant bays.
This comes after a nine-month-old baby was allegedly scalded at its Jurong West centre last week.
He suffered second degree burns on his arm.
According to PCF, a staff member had placed a cup of coffee on the floor to raise the blinds at a window.
She then placed the baby on the floor, and left to store his things.
That is when the incident happened.
PCF said it has released CCTV footage to the police for investigation.
Disciplinary action is also being taken against the staff, though the centre's principal said she is still working at the centre.
The principal added attendance has also remained unchanged since the incident.
Some parents Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they are not too affected by what had happened.
One parent said: "I have confidence in the teachers here."
A grandparent said that she believes it was an accident, and as someone who looks after her grandchildren at home, she does make mistakes sometimes.
The family doctor who treated the baby said she did not refer the baby to the hospital, as she was confident in handling the case.
Dr Chua Jun Jin, a plastic surgeon at JJ Chua Rejuvenative Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, said such second degree burns should heal with minimal scarring.
Dr Chua said: "A second degree burn means it forms a liquid already and a blister will form and normally it heals within two to three weeks, also with minimal scar.
“Of course in the beginning you may have pigmentation, but eventually, if you close your eyes and touch the scar you're not going to feel it very much.
He added: “It's not going to affect the child very much because the child will forget. Of course parents are the ones feeling more pain than the child.”
Dr Chua said it is true that when the burn is superficial, it is more painful -- and that is a good sign as it means that while the nerve endings are affected, they are not dead.
But if the burn injury is painless, it means that the whole thickness of the skin is involved, and the nerve endings are burnt and destroyed, he added.