Video: Dealing with Burns and Scalds in Young Children

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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