A child receiving some form of burn can scare the parent to the core. A burn not only gives immense pain but leaves the scar for years. The right First Aid treatment for Scolding or Thermal Burns is what we discuss here.
1.Cool the affected area immediately
A very common idea is to place the affected area under tap water or any source of cold water for 20 minutes. This is the best treatment for scolding burns. When you leave the area under running water for 20 minutes, you not only bring down the pain but the chances of scaring too go down.
Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research in Queensland conducted a study recently which brought light on the fact that 28% of affected children who are admitted to the Lady Cilento Hospital in Queensland had been treated with the cold water for 20 minutes. When questioned about the same most parents replied either that they thought that the duration was adequate or their kids were too distressed to cooperate.
Hypothermia is one of the troubles that can occur when you do not treat it properly. This happens when you place the kid under the water completely or in the bathtub. Only the affected area should be placed under cold running water. You should give them a blanket and provide warmth with a hug. Ice, oils, and creams are a big no for this treatment.
2. Remove clothing and Jewellery
It is necessary to remove any clothing or jewelry from the affected area if the scolding burn affects the area under the clothing. If you find they are attached to the skin, do not remove them.
Jewelry keeps radiating heat and it is vital to remove it if covers the affected area. When there is swelling in the affected part, it can also reduce the circulation of blood.
3. Cover the affected area
Using a cling wrap is necessary to cover the affected part of the body as it aids in bringing down chances of infection. If there are blisters, do not pop them.
4. Seek medical attention
Medical attention immediately is required when the children experience scolding burns, recommends the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma research. Calling the ambulance or rushing to the hospital is mandatory.
A burn is considered larger for adults when it is larger than 50 cent piece. When it is white in color on the face or groin, or the hands, it is time to rush to the hospital.
More important is that you need to be very careful when there are hot liquid and toddlers at the same place. Keep such things out of their reach.