How to treat burns

Children's skin is thinner and more sensitive than adults' and so burns more easily and at lower temperatures. A growing cause of burn injuries is hair straighteners, but the single biggest cause of burns and scald injuries to children is from hot drinks. 

The instructions below will guide you through what to do if someone has been burnt.

What to do: 

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

2. After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.

3. Call 999 if necessary. 

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Last updated: over 1 year ago