Scald Treatment

For a child, getting scalded is a serious injury that can even prove life-threatening. Find out about the appropriate scald treatment and how to give first aid for scalds.

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Do You Know What to Do If Your Child Has Been Scalded by Hot Water?

Injuries due to scalding are one of the most common and serious forms of burn injuries among children. The effects of scald burns can range from reddened skin to massive blisters and the oozing of fluid from the injured area. Serious scald burns that cover a large area of the body can threaten a child's life. You will need to seek medical attention immediately.

What to Do If Your Child Has Been Scalded


Here’s how to give your child first aid for scalds:
Immerse the burnt area in cool water, apply cool compresses to burns of the trunk or face, and continue until the child does not seem to be in pain.
Do not break blisters.
Do not apply ice, butter, or oil.
After soaking in cool water, cover the area with a non-stick bandage.

See a doctor immediately for:
​Any burns on the face, hands, feet, or genitals. 
Any burn injury to a child under five years old.

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