If your baby gets a burn:
Learn how to perform first aid on a burn or scald.
Burns are one of the most common accidents with babies and children so it’s really important as a parent to know how treat them properly and fast.
There are three levels of severity of burn:
One of the most common is a partial thickness burn with some blistering. The baby will probably be experiencing quite a lot of pain. The treatment is the same for all three types.
You need to get the heat out of the burn. The easiest way of doing this is by running the burn underneath the cold water for at least ten minutes or until the pain goes away , whichever one is longest. Bring the casualty’s arm nicely under the tap and begin to run the water over it from the top and let that water cascade all over the burn. Her arm and her hand might start to get a bit cold but we’ve got to get the heat out of that burn.
It’s important to realise that things we shouldn’t do are to burst any blisters in the burn and we certainly shouldn’t use anything like butter or toothpaste on a burn as this will not treat it and will probably make the pain even worse.
If it’s been run under the cold water for long enough and the heat’s been taken out you can safely cover that burn with something that’s not fluffy – such as cling film or a clean plastic bag. If the burn is larger than 1% of the patients body surface area, which equates to one of your baby’s hands then that burn should be taken to hospital for further assessment.
*Photo from our accident prevention partner the Child Accident Prevention Trust