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Microwave Safety

A microwave oven can help you cook in a healthful way. Vegetables cooked in a microwave oven stay nutrient-rich. Meat, fish, and poultry dishes can be cooked or reheated with little or no added fat.

Microwaving also can help you cook faster and easier. But it can pose potential hazards—especially when children cook with the microwave oven. Burns are the most common microwave injury.

Children can be burned by:

  • Removing dishes from the microwave oven—make sure they use a pot holder.
  • Spilling hot foods—keep the oven out of a young child's reach.
  • Opening microwave popcorn packages and other containers—show older children how to open the container so steam escapes away from their hands and face.
  • Eating food that is cooked unevenly or has hot spots—show older children how to stir food well before tasting it, or let food rest so that heat distributes evenly.

Remember to only use containers labeled for use in the microwave.

Safety tip:

If children are too young to read or follow written directions, they are too young to use a microwave oven without supervision.
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What's to Eat? Healthy Foods for Hungry Children (Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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