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Paediatric Burns

Most burns occur at home, usually in the kitchen and bathroom.  Generally younger children suffer more scalds; older children more flame burns.  Children’s skin is thinner so they get hurt faster than adults.

You can start treatment that can help a burn injury by cooling the burn:

  • Apply tap water at room temperature onto burned area for at least 20 minutes
  • Never use ice or iced water
  • Keep the non burned area dry and warm
  • Don’t put anything on the burn except water
  • Stop cooling if core body temperature is <35°C

Burns are identified by depth of the burn:

  • Superficial or epidermal
  • Partial thickness
  • Full thickness

Each of the different depths of burns will be treated differently, sometimes this means that your child may have to stay in hospital.

This page was last updated at 11:08AM on August 4, 2021.