Video: Dealing with Burns and Scalds in Young Children

Last updated on August 22nd, 2016 at 04:31 pm

In this short video, health visitor Melissa Green talks about the things you can do to deal with burns and scalds.

Editor’s Note: Video Highlights

  • Children’s skin is much thinner than adult skin, so it’s very important to treat their burns and scalds quickly for the best chance of healing
  • Most important is to run cold water over the burn for no more than 10 minutes
  • Water should be cold, but not ice-cold
  • The next step is to place something clean over your child’s burn to protect from risk of infection – like cling film or a clean linen tea towel
  • If your child has something stuck to their burn, don’t try to remove it – leave it there and go to the hospital for treatment
  • risk of burns and scaldsAlso don’t put anything on the burn, such as creams or lotions
  • If your child has a burn larger than a postage stamp, take them to get medical advice from the hospital
  • If your child complains of pain after their burn, you can give them something like paracetamol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen – don’t give them any aspirin
  • If the burn has a blister, don’t tamper with it – it should be left to burst naturally
  • Blisters that have burst may be raw and need a dressing – you may want to see your doctor or nurse for this

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