Parents place a lot of trust that a day care center will make sure nothing happens to your children while you’re working. Most of the time, everything turns out totally fine. However, there definitely have been cases reported occasionally where things go really wrong. That’s exactly what happened to one mother from Brenham, Texas, recently.
Tiffanie Cedillo, a 1-year-old’s mother, was shocked to find that her child was left with second-degree burns to her feet after leaving the infant for a few hours at the Wee Care For All day care in Brenham.
“She was screaming when I went to go pick her up,” said Cedillo.
Screaming is never a good sign, but honestly, it’s not too out of the ordinary for a child of that age. However, when she inspected her 16-month-old baby’s feet, she realized the poor little girl’s feet were covered in blisters and red patches.
After questioning the employee’s to figure out what had happened, she found that they did something that was extremely irresponsible.
“She said she was sent out on the playground with no shoes on, because earlier that day she had diarrhea and it went down to her shoes,” recalled Cedillo.
They did not consider the fact that the hot pavement and equipment heated up from the sun might be too high of a temperature for the baby’s sensitive feet.
“I was heartbroken when I saw her foot because half of her foot was blistered,” said Cedillo.
Cedillo rushed her daughter to the emergency room where a doctor told her the burns were second degree.
She contacted the police to help her track down the employees responsible as what they did was extremely careless.
“It was almost a hundred degrees yesterday,” said Cedillo. “It’s just common sense you don’t send kids out barefoot on the playground. My child was neglected and I would like for people to know that.”
Many parents and day care employees don’t realize that temperatures can reach 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, it is dangerous for toddlers and other small children to be walking around barefoot or touching the playground equipment with bare hands. Their skin is just much more susceptible to burns than that of adult, playground safety inspector Tom Kalousek said in an interview with Accuweather.
Kalousek explained, “Younger children, especially under 5 years old, can suffer second- or third-degree burns in a matter of moments. They take their shoes and socks off and use their hands and feet to get around and don’t realize the dangers.”
In this story at least, it acts as a precaution to parents who might need to keep an eye on their child to make sure they don’t suffer the same fate.
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