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!

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  1. skbou

    July 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm,

    MoM Rewards: skbou has a diamond MoM rewards level skbou said:

    Burns are so scary, before I had my children I was visiting a relative who was on holidays at the local caravan park when a child in the opposite van pulled boiling oil off the stove. To say the screaming curdled my blood can’t begin to describe how horrible it was, so it would have been 100 times worse for the child. We quickly rang the ambulance but it seemed to take forever to come. I don’t know the outcome but I can only imagine the horror of it.

  2. mummsie

    June 30, 2014 at 11:17 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mummsie has a emerald MoM rewards level mummsie said:

    The worst burn i every saw was nearly cooked rice in a big pot get knocked onto a 6yr old who was flying his paperplanes around the house. it went wll over him nd a shower was the wqy to go. scarred too. rice had become sticky and there was soooo much.

  3. eestigirl

    June 16, 2014 at 7:15 am,

    MoM Rewards: eestigirl has a diamond MoM rewards level eestigirl said:

    So easy to be distracted momentarily and children seem to have a radar that senses this. Ohh! We’ve all had those moments when we could kick ourselves. Even memory of my darling toddler and the too hot party pie episode still makes me want to weep. Rush for an block to suck to cool down that hurty lip while hearing the wailing was awful. Multiply that feeling for really bad burns and I can see the need for almost supernatural vigilance and a working knowledge of first aid for burns

  4. sisterhood27

    June 04, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

    MoM Rewards: sisterhood27 has a diamond MoM rewards level sisterhood27 said:

    Thanks for the great information a very informative article

  5. mums-info

    June 03, 2014 at 9:00 am,

    MoM Rewards: mums-info has a diamond MoM rewards level mums-info said:

    A good reminder for everyone

  6. mom57522

    May 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    My kids have been taught to go straight to the tap if they get burnt.

  7. kazh

    May 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm,

    MoM Rewards: kazh has a diamond MoM rewards level kazh said:

    My brother pulled the kettle down. It was awful.

  8. mom57522

    May 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    I’ve been attacked by the hair straightener as well.

    1. May 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm,

      MoM Rewards: christial has a diamond MoM rewards level christial said:

      There are some weird things that people have said to put on burns! But I agree, water is the best thing.



  9. May 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm,

    MoM Rewards: sarah_wardleworth has a sapphire MoM rewards level sarah_wardleworth said:

    Good read thanks for the information you

  10. catgrrl3

    May 16, 2014 at 11:02 am,

    MoM Rewards: catgrrl3 has a diamond MoM rewards level catgrrl3 said:

    I always go for the running water, and to the shower if needed a larger flow, then ice after

  11. Happymum-2

    May 08, 2014 at 3:15 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Happymum has a diamond MoM rewards level Happymum said:

    I just put in ice water or under a running tap if possible

  12. May 05, 2014 at 9:44 pm,

    MoM Rewards: scottie has a diamond MoM rewards level scottie said:

    so many old wives tales on treatment!

  13. mummy liana

    March 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mummy liana has a diamond MoM rewards level mummy liana said:

    thank you sharing this article good read

  14. Happy_Dayz

    March 05, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

    MoM Rewards: emily_flores has a diamond MoM rewards level emily_flores said:

    Some really great points here

  15. jenny9761

    March 05, 2014 at 2:36 pm,

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    This is great advice on what to do

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