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.

  1. Threelos

    15th August 2014 at 1:26 pm,

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

    Burns are horrible for kids, and they just keep on hurting, unlike some ohter injuries that get better after the initial bang and shock wear off. Thanks for this article – I have done a first aid for kids course but I seem to forget things so easily, it’s good to keep refreshing so that when accidents happen, we don’t have to scramble around trying to remember what to do!

  2. pakeko

    8th August 2014 at 2:15 pm,

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

    great reading thank you for posting I would also highly recommend a first aid course for anyone involved with children

  3. skbou

    19th July 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.

  4. mummsie

    30th June 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.

  5. eestigirl

    16th June 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

  6. sisterhood27

    4th June 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

  7. mums-info

    3rd June 2014 at 9:00 am,

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

    A good reminder for everyone

  8. mom57522

    25th May 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.

    1. ginoula5

      24th August 2014 at 4:31 pm,

      MoM Rewards: ginoula5 has a diamond MoM rewards level ginoula5 said:

      Same in this household, to the tap under cool running water.

  9. kazh

    24th May 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.

  10. mom57522

    22nd May 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. 31st May 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.

  11. 18th May 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

  12. catgrrl3

    16th May 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

  13. Happymum-2

    8th May 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

  14. 5th May 2014 at 9:44 pm,

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

    so many old wives tales on treatment!

  15. mummy liana

    24th March 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

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