Need help with the treatment of a burn?
We know being stuck at home during lockdown – especially with kids – means more accidents can happen.
Our lovely nursing team wanted to help you get first aid under control. It’s the type of thing we can deal with at the clinic, and it’s even easier to heal burns without scaring if you’ve had the know-how to treat first on the scene.
Here’s the first of a series of tips we’ll start to share on our Instagram and Facebook. Follow our age to learn regular first aid for the home.
The best treatment of a burn:
Treating burns is one of the most regular home accidents and the one where you can make the most impact in the first few minutes.
1. Call the burn. Immediately immerse the burn and cool tap water for 20 minutes or apply cold, wet compresses, no ice.
2. Avoid breaking blisters.
3. Cover the burn with clingfilm, lengthways.
4. Consider taking over the counter pain medication like paracetamol.
If in doubt, contact us and we can assess the severity of the burn
If the burn is especially painful or deep don’t hesitate to call us. It might need to be properly dressed. If you aren’t sure, having a chat with us over the phone will help us assess your symptoms. Or come directly to the clinic. Burns need to be properly covered until they have healed and it helps to use something like a good quality burn cream to help the skin regain elasticity.
Download and print out; follow our page for the next instalment and tag whānau who would benefit from knowing these. For other tips, scroll through our blog for other first aid guides such as how to stop nose bleeds.