How to Treat a Child with Burns

Skin Burns

Children are naturally curious. They learn by putting things into their mouths and touching things they shouldn’t. Among the most common injuries suffered by children are burns (caused by dry heat) and scalds (caused by hot liquids).

Of course, prevention is better than cure. So keep children away from the kitchen, away from hot water taps, and away from anywhere where hot surfaces or liquids may be within touching distance. So, lock away the children in their bedroom and make sure no radiators are on in the winter! Failing this drastic action, here’s how to treat burns effectively.

Act quickly and:

  • Remove clothing and jewellery from the area of the burn. There’s a proviso here: if clothes are stuck to the skin don’t try to remove them
  • Cool the area for 20 minutes with cold running water, and then dry gently
  • Cover the burn with a clean cloth or glad wrap
  • Get help. Call an ambulance or take your child to the hospital

Now you know what to do, here’s what NOT to do

  • Never use ice on the wound. The same goes for creams and oils. They can quickly infect a burn and make the doctor’s job more difficult
  • Never burst a blistered burn

Of course, there are many different types of burns. The above is a generic first aid routine, but for other burns you’ll need to modify the treatment as follows:

Chemical burns

Run cold water over the clothes that have been affected before removing them: this will ensure the chemicals don’t burn other parts of your child when the clothes are removed. Then continue as above.

Electrical burns

First, turn off the electric supply before touching your child. If you can’t locate the switch, use a non-conductive implement to remove your child from contact with the electric supply. Then continue as above.


A 20-minute cold shower is the order of the day here. If the burn is accompanied by sickness or nausea, medical advice should be sought.

Like cuts and grazes, burns and scalds are part of life as a child. Hopefully there won’t be too many of them, but when they do occur a lesson to be careful with hot things will have been painfully learned. However, with fast and appropriate first aid that lesson won’t be a permanent reminder etched into the skin.

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