How to prevent and cure baby burns?

Babies and young children are especially susceptible- they’re curious, small and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection. In fact, burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Although minor burns aren’t cause for concern and can be quickly treated at home, other more serious require medical care.

How to prevent babies from burns? Your child should understand that an exhaust pipe, a small iron or any other hot surface can hurt and burn, or that hot water can burn in the same way fires can. Supervision is the only reliable way to prevent accidents with things that burn. You can install guards around heaters to discourage children from standing too close of. Lock matches and cigarette lighters up high and out of reach, and always smock away from children….

How to cure if your baby has burn? Burns are categorized as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how badly the skin is damaged. Take the following first aid steps:

–         Treat the burn with water only. Cool the burned area under running water for 20 minutes to reduce tissue damage and pain.

–         Take off the child’s clothing immediately, remove any watches or jewellery  the child is wearing.

–         Cover the burn with a loose, light, non-sticky dressing, such as plastic wrap or a clean, wet cloth.