Prevent friction burns in young children

Friction burns are caused by contact with any hard surface such as pavement ("road rash"), carpets, or gym floor surfaces. Most friction burns that occur in young children are not serious; however, they can be uncomfortable and painful. You can help prevent friction burns in the following ways:

  • Avoid dragging or pulling your child across carpet while playing.
  • Provide safety equipment for physical activities, such as knee pads and elbow pads for roller skating or riding scooters.

Last Updated: December 3, 2008

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