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. But they can be
uncomfortable and painful. You can help prevent friction burns in the following
Avoid dragging or pulling your child across
carpet while playing.
Provide safety equipment for physical
activities. Two examples are knee pads and elbow pads for roller skating or riding
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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