Children can be unpredictable at the times and can touch hot surfaces in the kitchen unaware that the hob for example is still hot from cooking.
We have a gate on our kitchen doors, one on our door leading to the living room and the another on the door that leads to the hallway.
However accidents can still happen and so if a child burns themselves, the first thing we do is grab some ice. DON’T. Run the burn under cold water for 10 minutes.
Scalds are caused by wet heat and burns are usually caused by dry heat.
Remove any jewellery, any clothes that is not stuck to the burn and then cover the burn in clingfilm.
There are three types of burns:
- Superficial- Burns only the outer layer; often caused by hot water. It will look red, sore and swollen
- Partial thickness- It looks raw and blisters form
- full thickness- layers of skin are burned away to the subcutaneous fat layer or beyond. Burn may look pale, charred and waxy.
- Cool the burn using ice
- Burst blisters
- Touch the burn
- Apply creams, ointments or fats
- Apply adhesive dressings
- Remove clothing that has stuck to the burn
Always keep calm as possible not to cause alarm to the child, and they may be in shock too, so do take them to hospital or call 999/112. Here is a video of an example of how to treat burns.
I hope you found this helpful, lets keep our children as safe as possible.
Many thanks for reading,