Burns: First aid

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An overview on how to properly care for your child's burn.

Key points

  • If your child has been scalded by a hot liquid removed all of their clothes and their diaper as these hold the heat and could make the burn worse.
  • Teach your child to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches on fire, this will smother the flames.
  • Even for a small burn or scald a doctor should examine the injury within 72 hours.
Last updated: November 4th 2013