Treating a Scald or Burn to Baby

Treating a Scald or Burn to Baby


Your baby’s or child’s skin is far more delicate than yours, more easily damaged by contact with a hot object (causing a burn), or a hot liquid (causing scalding).

The most common cause of scalding to a child is having a hot drink spilled on him or her, or pulling a hot drink from a table – but skin damage from burning or scalding can be caused by many other things, including:

  • Open fires
  • Barbecues
  • Irons and kettles
  • Cookers, hot saucepans and splashing fats
  • Formula milk or foods that are heated in a microwave
  • Bath water
  • Household bleaches
  • Cigarettes, lighters and matches
  • Metal seat buckles in hot cars
  • The Sun

If your baby does sustain a burn or scald:SickBaby15

  • Cool the burn as quickly as possible by running cool water over the injured area for at least 10 minutes. A showerhead is helpful, as long as you use low pressure and cool water – and only wet the affected area, not baby’s whole body, because he or she could then suffer from hypothermia, especially if already shocked from the injury.
  • Swelling can occur following a burn, so remove any tight clothing swiftly – unless the clothing or material is sticking to the burn
  • If an arm or leg is injured, raising it will help to reduce swelling.
  • Do not apply anything greasy – butter, baby creams or antiseptic creams for instance.
  • Cover the injury with cling film – probably the cleanest and most effective dressing easily available.
  • Get medical help – a doctor needs to assess any burn to a baby or child, and a severely burned child needs emergency medical help.

This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.

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