A toddler recently stepped on a hot sheet of metal while visiting a public pool in Westlake, Ohio, and as a result, suffered second degree burns on the bottom of her feet due to the temperature of the metal.
Rachel Kelly, the mother of 22-month-old Lillian, said that her family had visited the Westlake Aquatic Center before and last Sunday was no different. According to Fox 8, Kelly said that Lillian only stood on the piece of metal for 5 to 10 seconds but it was above 90 degrees and gave the toddler second degree burns.
“She burnt the bottom of her feet and all of her little toes, they all have blisters on them,” said Rachel Kelly. “She was inconsolable, she started crying right away. Immediately I knew we needed to go to the ER.”
Kelly was most concerned that the piece of metal is located near the kiddie pool and is not covered up properly. She took to Facebook to warn parents and also talked to people at the pool. She said that while the manager took notes, she was informed that they normally try to keep kids off of there, though she herself has seen no such action.
Little Lillian has been seen for a follow up but Kelly wants to make sure that the metal has been taken care of before she takes her daughter back to the pool.
Readers, to make sure that this kind of blistery nightmare doesn't happen to the bottom of your toddler's tootsies (or yours, for that matter!) be sure to invest in a quality pair of water shoes. You can purchase them in a sporting goods store to ensure a good fit or online if you trust good reviews (and a nice return policy, just in case). Check public pool and beach areas carefully, looking for sharp and unsafe objects that might poke through water shoes.
Apply waterproof sunscreen about 20 to 30 minutes before a swim. Try to plan for pool time fun earlier in the mornings or later in the evenings if you can to avoid sunburns (midday is the worst time) and pack wide brim hats and sunglasses with UV protection for everyone to wear.
Wishing you and your loved ones lots of safe fun in the sun!