We all hear about the great danger to our kids when it comes to burns – a screaming hot kettle or saucepan full of boiling liquid. But what is not so well known is that your child is more likely to receive a burn from a hair straightener or a treadmill!

At my place, I had turned on my hair straightener and turned my attention away unaware that my 4 year old son had wandered into the room where I had the straightener on, and to this day I can still hear the shrieking cry that accompanied my son yelling, “it attacked me Mummy”.

In horror, I ran into the room, looked at his hand where instantly a blister had covered his whole thumb.  I rushed to the sink, turned on the tap, somehow grabbed a chair and together we stood crying for the next 20 minutes.

Perhaps not quite the end of the world, but I knew how much that would hurt and kicked myself for not thinking about how hot and dangerous a hair straightener can actually be.

Burns, no matter what size are one of the most painful and potentially damaging injuries you can ever encounter. Not to mention it can be incredibly frightening for you and your child.

If your child has a burn injury;

  • INSTANTLY cool the burn with gently flowing WATER! WATER! WATER! for up to 20 minutes
  • If in doubt call an AMBULANCE ‘000’ – especially if the burns affects airways, genitals, face, hands or feet or is bigger than a 20c piece
  • For larger burns place you and your child in a gentle flowing cool shower
  • Remove clothing (including nappy) and jewelry ( do this once immersed in water) – but NEVER remove items if stuck to the skin, and
  • NEVER EVER put lotions, creams, powders, butter, ice, garlic, tomatoes, toothpaste, hummus or ice cream on any burns!!! (You would be surprised what I have been told)

Prevention is obviously key, but in the event of such emergency ‘water’ is your best friend and never hesitate to contact medical aid.

About The Author

Mary Dawes – Owner and Creator of FIRST AID FOR YOU www.firstaidforyou.com.au, specialising in baby and child first aid. Mary has over ten years experience in First Aid training along with first hand knowledge the ‘real life’ dramas that can pop up when you have two very active little boys!

Website: http://firstaidforyou.com.au
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  1. mummy liana

    March 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm,

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    thank you sharing this article good read

  2. emily_flores

    March 05, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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    Some really great points here

  3. jenny9761

    March 05, 2014 at 2:36 pm,

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    This is great advice on what to do

  4. mummy liana

    March 03, 2014 at 3:22 pm,

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    thanks for sharing was a great read

  5. kafer

    February 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm,

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    Good advice on water being the best strategy. I have heard of butter but it not the right thing to use.

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    January 18, 2014 at 4:04 am,

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    I loved reading it. Thanks a lot for sharing. Great information.

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    January 17, 2014 at 1:47 am,

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    I hope every parent reads and remembers these tips you just never know if you will be in this situation

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    January 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm,

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    very useful thank you for the info.

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    January 02, 2014 at 10:13 am,

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    Useful advice – thanks for sharing.

  10. December 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm,

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    Good to know what to do in case it does happen

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    great advice – thanks for sharing

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    It only takes a few seconds – so easy to happen

  13. yyon4699

    November 08, 2013 at 10:56 am,

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    Poor baby… I would be horrified… parents must ficus and be alert at all times… despite the sleep deprivation… ah the tiredness…

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    October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm,

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    great advice, thanks for sharing

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    Great advice thank you for sharing.

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