Parenting Tips : Treating Burns and Scalds

No matter how safe you consider your house to be there is always the possibility of your child suffering a burn or scald. This could occur away from your home.

This video talks you through the actions you should take if your child is burnt or scalded. It also discusses some common treatments that can cause further pain and damage.

Standard advice includes:

. Run the area under cool water for at least 10 minutes

. Remove water from an injured area unless the material is sticking to the skin

. Don't apply cream, ointments, grease antiseptic spray or plasters

. Loosely cover burns with a non fluffy material - cling film is ideal

The video explains how taking this advice helps to keep the area clean, minimises pain and can also reduce long term scarring.

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