Burns

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled with cold running water, the less the impact of the injury.

2. After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.

This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. Cling film or plastic won’t stick to the burn and will reduce pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.

3. Call 999 if necessary.

If you can’t call 999, get someone else to do it.

The burn may need urgent medical treatment. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child who has been burned.

Watch how to help a baby or child who has a burn (1 minute 25 seconds)