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First aid for burns and scalds

The following advice shows the treatment for burns and scalds

1. Cool immediately by holding under cold water for at least 10 minutes. If water is not available, any cold, harmless liquid, such as milk or canned drinks, can be used.

Treatment for burns

2. Gently remove any constricting clothing or jewellery before the injured area begins to swell. DO NOT remove clothing if it has stuck to the burn.

First aid for burns

3. Once cool, cover the burn with kitchen film or place a clean plastic bag over a foot or hand. Apply lengthways, not around the limb, because the injured area may swell. If you do not have kitchen film use a sterile dressing or a non-fluffy pad and bandage.

Treat burns

4. DO NOT apply creams or oils, or pop blisters.

5. Severe burns (large and/or deep) and all burns to infants should be checked by a doctor.

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