The Nursing Council has told off a nurse and ordered her to do further training for scalding an infant while bathing him at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung in April. The council allowed nurse Lee Lai-mui to keep her nursing licence, a decision the child's parents said was too lenient and unreasonable. 'The nurse should at least be terminated from work for at least a year,' the child's father said. The infant suffered burns to about 14 per cent of his body on April 9 when Lee gave the three-month-old a morning bath. The skin on his legs and hips was inflamed and peeling. The boy was moved to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam and treated by its burns team. The baby recovered. An investigation panel set up by the Hospital Authority shortly after the incident found that the water in the bath was 45 degrees Celsius, much higher than the 37 to 40 degrees it should have been. The baby did not cry during or after the bath but his heart rate rose to 200 beats per minute. The normal rate is around 120. The nurse told the panel that she only tested the water temperature using her palm, instead of her elbow, which was against the authority's guidelines for nurses. In a hearing, Lee admitted that she had not followed the guidelines, and had not done so since starting work in the paediatric ward in August 2008. She said she did not realise the effects of testing water temperature using her palm instead of her elbow. Lee's lawyer said his client was extremely depressed and regretful about the incident. The lawyer also said Lee had been to a psychologist for counselling. Council chairman Professor Thomas Wong Kwok-shing, who is also the chair professor of nursing at Polytechnic University, said the case was serious but Lee escaped more severe penalties because her record was clean. Wong said Lee showed genuine remorse and willingness to re-train. The council also believed that the nurse's action was not deliberate. Wong said after the hearing that letters of support submitted by Lee's colleagues, teachers and patients showed the nurse was passionate about serving the community. 'The letters showed that the defendant is a good nurse. We do not want to ruin the future of a good nurse and her chance to serve the Hong Kong people,' he said. But the baby's father said the decision was 'unreasonable'. 'The penalty is so lenient that other nurses cannot learn from it and similar accidents may happen in the future,' he said. He said the baby was well and the family was talking to the authority about compensation.