🔥 BURNS: With the isolation measures we are adhering to at this time due to COVID-19, we are also seeing more accidents in the home (or just outside them)
In this post we are talking about burns and how to treat them. Kids are curious, small and have the type of skin that needs extra protection. Children’s skin burns more easily than adults. Burns are a major cause of injury in children, especially those aged between 1 – 2 years, due to their sudden ability to mobilise and investigate! Did you know… At 60 ºC, it takes one second for hot water to cause third-degree burns. At 55 ºC, it takes 10 seconds for hot water to cause third-degree burns. At 50 ºC, it takes five minutes for hot water to cause third-degree burns. You can set your hot water heater to 120℉ or 49℃, this will minimise the risk of burns when they accidently turn on the tap or jump in the bath before you’ve checked it. Below are the steps you would need to take if your child sustains a burn. Treatment is the same for all burns – ∙ As soon as possible, hold the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes only ∙ Remove clothing or jewellery that is not stuck to the burn ∙ Keep your child as warm and just target the burn with the cool water You should seek medical help immediately if: ∙ The burn is deep, even if your child does not feel any pain ∙ The burn is larger than 3 cm & has blisters ∙ The burn is on the face, hands or genitals ∙ The burn is to the throat or airway
Cover the burn with a loose, non-stick dressing. This can be a sterile non-stick dressing or cling film until your child is seen by a doctor. (However, do not keep plastic cling film on for more than an hour) Do Not Use Ice! This can dangerously drop the child’s temperature and make the burn worse. Never apply lotions or creams, this can keep the heat in the burn.
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