November News - Our 5 Top Tips for Treating Children's Burns


It’s November, and it’s the time of year for firework events.  Who doesn’t love a bonfire and the spectacle of a fantastic display of fireworks?  They can look beautiful in the sky, but burns can be a risk, especially for small children who might not realise that sparklers can still be hot long after the sparkles have disappeared.

Here are our top 5 tips for treating burns in children.

  1. If your child has a burn, it's essential to treat them quickly.  Run cool water over the area for at least 10 minutes.  If you have no running water nearby, then use another cold fluid (such as milk, or juice). Cooling the burn will lessen any pain or swelling and reduce the risk of scarring. The sooner a burn is cooled the better.
  2. The area needs to covered to prevent infection.  You could use clingfilm or a clean plastic bag; this reduces the pain by keeping air from the skin.  If something is stuck to the burn (like gloves), don’t try to remove them, leave them there and seek medical attention.
  3. It’s important not to use any creams or lotions on the burnt skin.  Using butter is an old wives tale too, don’t use it!
  4. If the burn is larger than a postage stamp, seek medical advice.
  5. If the burn has a blister, don’t touch it,  it will burst naturally.  However be aware that when it does burst, the skin underneath may be very delicate and may need to be dressed.

At First Response First Aid we teach participants on our First Aid courses how to assess any emergency situation, how to work out what help is needed and what to do straight away to help the injured person.

We also deliver specialist Paediatric First Aid courses which are ideal for those who work (or intend to work) in a childcare setting.  Our courses fulfil Ofsted’s first aid requirements for early years (EYFS) teachers, nursery workers and childminders.

Would you feel able to cope in an emergency, either at home or at work? 

If not, why not attend one of our regular first aid courses?  They run at various venues across the West Midlands every week.  We offer high quality, professional, certified training at affordable prices.  Please call us to chat about which course is right for you, we are here to help.

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