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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Treating Minor Burns at Home

Treating minor burns at home, first aid, children, tips, aloe vera, skin, blister,


A few weeks ago my daughter and I were making macaroni and cheese together. She was holding the strainer, and I was pouring the macaroni. The hot boiling water managed to splash her, and she had a minor burn. Thankfully, she was okay, but I didn't do the correct thing right away to treat her burn, so I wanted to make this list, so you don't make the same mistakes that I did. Also, I'm not a doctor so always seek professional advice first!

Treating Minor Burns at Home

Treating minor burns at home, first aid, children, tips, aloe vera, skin, blister,

First, let's talk about levels of burns! A first-degree burn looks like a sunburn, but sometimes you need to wait it out. I thought for sure my daughter fingers would blister, which they didn't. So, she had a first-degree burn.

 If the skin blisters or looks like it's thickening it's a second-degree burn. 

A third-degree burn looks a whitish color, and the skin seems thick.

Fourth-degree burn looks like third-degree burns, but they go deep and extend into the tendons and bones.

If you end up with a minor burn here are a few tips! 
  1. Run the wound under cold water for 5 minutes or longer!!! 
  2. My daughter asked for ice after we ran her hand under water. This is a BIG NO NO! I didn't know this! Ice can cause tissue damage so if you need to have the feeling of cold run it under water.
  3. Take a painkiller! Burns on super painful!
  4. Aloe Vera gel is excellent for soothing the skin.
  5. If the area remains sensitive, you can treat it with an antibiotic ointment and wrap with gauze.
Burns are so painful, so please be careful!