Treating a Scald

Scalds from hot liquids such as tea, coffee, steam and bathwater account for a significant amount of household injuries, partiicularly with young children.

Treating a scald-What to do

  • Any clothing that has absorbed hot water should be removed
  • Any jewellery near the burn should be removed
  • The scald should be cooled with cool running water for at least 10 minutes
  • Do not use ice or iced water as this could cause hypothermia in the casualty
  • Loosely wrap the scald in clingfilm to protect it from infection
  • Seek medical assistance

Always Remember 

  • Do not put yourself in danger
  • Do not over cool an injury as it can lower the body temperature of a casualty
  • Do not apply any oils or creams to burns
  • Do not break any blisters that have developed

Anyone who has been injured by any of the following should seek hospital treatment

  • All chemical and electrical burns 
  • Large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand and full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin 
  • Partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters



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