If an accident does occur, follow these steps.
Every second counts!
Immediately cool the scalded skin either in or under cool running tap water for at least 20 minutes.
Do not attempt to remove anything, even clothing, that’s sticking to the burn.
Keep the child warm with a clean blanket and comfort him or her.
Seek medical advice. Call an ambulance if the scald is serious.
Do not use ice, oil or butter or anything else, as these can further damage the skin.
Do not touch the affected area or burst any blisters.
The medicine cabinet (Safety in the home)
A well-stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit are essential, as it seems you need them most in an emergency.
Remember that your cabinet should be childproof, either locked or well out of reach.
If you’re starting one from scratch, this list will help.
Pain relievers and medicines to bring down fever (both adult and junior versions if you have children in the house)
Cotton wool buds
Cotton wool balls, including a sterile pack
Antacids for heartburn, stomach aches
Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and eczema
Bicarbonate of soda
Antihistamine and decongestant
Expectorant cough medicine
Methylated spirits (denatured alcohol)
Teaspoon or other dose measure, such as syringe, for children
Syrup of ipecac
Family medical guide
Hot water bottle
Ice pack (stored in your freezer).