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First-aid for Burns

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Last Updated on December 8, 2021

First-aid and treating burns

Lag B’Omer bonfires and enthusiasm sometimes result in careless behaviour and nasty burns can result.  The tendency to place all kinds of tinder on the fire as well as treated wood, plastic and anything that will burn can result in flying embers.  Make sure there is a responsible adult present at the Lag B’Omer bonfire who can administer some fireside first-aid if necessary.

first aid for burns

First, second and third degree burns – Image credit: WikiCommons

How to treat burns in children

There are three types of burns.  They are all painful and damage the skin and surrounding tissue but all need to be treated differently.

  1. First-degree burns, such as sunburn are minor and heal quickly. First-degree burns result in reddened skin.
  2. Second-degree burns are serious injuries that require medical attention. Symptoms of second-degree burns include blistered and peeling skin.
  3. Third-degree burns are severe and require immediate, professional medical attention. You will likely notice dry/charred, white, yellow or bright red tissue. Although the severely burned area may not be blistered, it often is surrounded by blistered areas.

Burn first aid

  • Stop the burning process.
  • Run cool water over the burn.
  • Do not use ice directly on the burn wound.
  • Do not apply home remedies/ointments.
  • Cover the burn with a clean bandage or cloth.
  • Take Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain.
  • Seek medical attention if needed.
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