Thursday, August 11, 2011

What to do if your child is burnt or scalding

I got this from a book of emergency first aid that was given to me a long time ago from a health clinic and I think as a parent we should know something about first aid and what to do in case of emergencies. Now here is what to do in case you find your child screaming out of pain from a burn or scald.

• Immediately put the burn or scald under a running cold water to reduce the heat in the skin.
Do this for at least 10 minutes. If the running water is not available, immerse the burn or scald in the cold water or any cooling fluid, such as milk or other cold drinks can be used.

• Cover the burn or scald with a clean, non-fluffy cloth like a clean cotton pillow case or linen tea towel or cling film. This cuts down the danger of infection.

• If clothes are stuck to the skin, don’t try to take them off.

• Depending on the severity of the burn or scald, see your doctor or call an ambulance or take your child to the hospital. You should seek medical help for anything other than a very small burn.

• Do not put butter, oil or ointment on a burn or scald. It only has to be clean off again before treatment can be given.

• Don’t prick any blister. You’ll delay healing and let the germs in.

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