How to treat your child’s burn

Advice on how to treat your child's burn from the British Red Cross


Burns from a hot kitchen appliance can happen no matter how vigilant you are. If your child is burned:

  1. Place the burn under cool running water for at least 10 minutes as this reduces the ‘cooking effect’ of the burn. You can also try to distract him with songs or games.
  2. If you do not have access to running water, use any cool liquid, such as beer or milk. It’s important to act fast to minimise pain and possible scarring
  3. Once the burn is cool, cover with clingfilm to reduce the chance of it getting infected
  4. Always seek immediate medical advice or get your child to a hospital

For more information visit the British Red Cross site.

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