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First Aid Procedures – Burns.

We love our kids, but we can’t keep our eyes on them 24/7.

During that split-second our focus on them drifts, only God knows where they are and what they are doing.

And in the process, they might get hurt …

In my own case… I got burned.

I would never forget that fateful Sunday afternoon. My family and I had just returned from mass service and was about to have lunch.

My siblings and I were in the kitchen playing while waiting for the food to get ready (I was 5 yrs old at that time).

My mom who just finished cooking, placed the pot on the floor to distribute the soup in our plates.

It was then that I slid and fell into the pot of soup.

The mistake I made that I regret till date was WIPING THE SOUP OFF MY ELBOW AND CHEST (the affected areas).

This was because I peeled off my skin.

My mom immediately rushed me to our neighbor who was a medical doctor (the hospital was a bit far away).

Immediately, he poured freshly cracked eggs on my cooked flesh and I heard this “SHWARR SOUND”.

Have you ever put water into oil? YUP, that’s how my flesh sounded like when he poured the eggs on them. 😀

However, I felt so much relieve. Then, he bandaged my wounds and off I went to the hospital with my mom.

What Is The Relevance of this Story?

In case of an emergency burn, do you know the several first aid procedures?

Do you know the Do’s and Don’ts?

If your answer to any of these is NO,then you need to keep reading.

GENERAL RULE OF THUMB.

First:

  1. Prevent Further Burning.
  • Remove the person from contact in harms way, be it hot liquid, fire, steam, etc.
  • Prevent the person from rolling on the floor to put out the flames.
  • Take away the burning material from the person.
  • Keep burned clothing away. Be careful not to rip flesh out together with the clothing. Clothing stuck on skin should be extracted by cutting around the affected area.

2. Carefully Take Off Tight Clothing.

  • The skin needs to breathe because burns cause inflammations. So, remove tight clothing such as belts, shoes, and jewelry in general.

PS: Don’t do what I did (wipe the affected area), as you might peel off the skin, ending up with huge scars… hey, now my scars are rarely visible… 😄

 

Before I forget,

Go here ==> to learn more about the gel I used to diminish the appearance of my scars<==

 

Then:

Manage the burns accordingly (First, Second, and Third Degree Burns).

FIRST DEGREE BURNS (TOP LAYER OF SKIN IS AFFECTED)

1. Decrease inflammation by cooling.

  • Place the victim in cool (not cold) water to reduce swelling, inflammation, and bleeding.

PS: DO NOT place the victim in cold water to avoid hypothermia (very low body temperature).

  • In case there is no cool water around, use cool compresses.

2. Protect The Burn.

  • Apply sterile, non-adhesive bandage to the burn.

PLEASE DON’T apply ointments or butter.

This can introduce germs into the area, leading to an infection.

3. Relieve The Pain.

Burns can be quite painful.

So, administer over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve).

 

==> Go to my Best Emergency First Aid Kit Review to find out more about the non-adhesive bandage and the OTC pain relievers. <==

 

4. Go To The Hospital.

IF:

  • pain, swelling, redness, and fever increases.
  • The tetanus shot hasn’t being received (It is administered every 10 years).

 

SECOND DEGREE BURNS (TWO LAYERS OF SKIN IS AFFECTED)

1. Decrease inflammation by cooling. (Same Step As In 1st degree burns)

  • Place the victim in cool (not cold) water to reduce swelling, inflammation, and bleeding.

PS: DO NOT place the victim in cold water to avoid hypothermia (very low body temperature).

DO NOT pop the blisters, apply ointments or butter as germs can be introduced into the area, leading to an infection.

2. Protect The Burn.

  • Apply sterile, non-adhesive bandage.

Using tape, keep the bandage in place.

 

REMEMBER, DON’T wipe anything off the victim’s skin because it could look like …

<======= this.

 

3. Avoid Shock.

Burning destroys blood vessels = loss of blood = low body fluids = Hypovolemic shock.

Management of Shock:

  • Raise the victim’s feet about 12 inches above heart level (except the burn is on the leg).
  • Increase warmth by covering the victim with any sheet or blanket.

4. Go To The Hospital.

  • To guard against infection, the doctor might order antibiotics.

Pain medication and or tetanus shot might be given based on when last you took one.

 

THIRD DEGREE BURNS (THREE LAYERS OF SKIN IS AFFECTED)

1. Dial 911

2. Protect Burn Area.

  • Same as 1st and 2nd degree burns.
  • Place sterile dressing in between the burned fingers and toes to prevent the flesh from sticking together.
  • DO NOT soak burned area in water as it will only moisten the burn more when we’re trying to dry it.

3. Avoid Shock

  • Same as 1st and 2nd degree burns.
  • Rest the victim’s back flat on the floor (the head resting without a pillow) to avoid blocking the air way for a person with an airway burn.
  • Continue monitoring the breathing and pulse to prevent shock till the medics show up.

4. Medical practitioners will treat the burn depending on each case.

 

Have you ever suffered from a burn? If yes, please leave your experiences in the comment box below.

I would love to share your stories with you.

PEARL

Since the tender age of 8, I have been accustomed to handling health care products to the extent that I know many cheap products which could help other families like mine save more. That is why I decided to give back to my community by posting lists of cheap healthcare products.

16 Comments

  1. This is a really useful post – everyone should know first-aid for burns. It’s helpful to note that if you don’t have a sterile bandage to cover the burn then covering with cling-film is a great way to protect it. This is what we usually advise when patients phone for advice en route to A&E. Do you think it’s worth people doing formal first aid classes now that so much information is available online?

    • In response to your question, I still think it’s worth people doing formal first aid classes even if so much information is available online.
      This is because some people don’t have the time and patience to go searching for information.
      They just want ready-made information.
      So, formal first aid classes can still be profitable, but to a lesser extent.
      Thanks for the information, I didn’t know you could use cling-film to protect the burns, but will the film not prevent your skin from breathing?
      I thought that the use of the sterile bandage was to protect the burns from infection ensuring that the skin still has space to breathe?

  2. Hi sorry to hear you suffered a burn as a child. Thank you for the information I never thought of something like putting dressing between fingers and toes to stop them sticking together.

    That being said after seeing the horrific images I can only hope I never need to do this, fingers crossed! Good post!

    • Hi Andy,
      thanks for the sympathy, but that was a long time ago; the scars have almost disappeared.
      Nobody hopes to get burned, and neither did I, but it still happened.
      The best thing to do is know how to manage the situation and hope that you never have to experience it.
      I’m glad you found the article helpful.

  3. Hello,
    Burns is a scary thing to have to deal with, but if you’re not prepared it can be an even scarier thing. This is a great article because it is packed full of educational information that everyone should know. Good job!
    Cheers

    • Hi Jaywhon,
      I agree with you that being in the know is adviceable.
      I only wish that I was equipped with all the information I know now when I got burned…
      It would have really been helpful.
      Anyway, that’s why I want everyone to know how to deal with burns, so in case of such a scenario, we all will know how to handle it.

  4. Hi Pearl, Thank you for your post. It was very enlightening. I have 2 teenage boys and a fireplace that we use in the winter. I am constantly trying to be vigilant with it and that the kids are not playing or rough-housing near it. We have a fire guard but it is still a worry for me when I go out that the babysitter will be aware with the kids around the fireplace. Thank you for your tips on burns as this is very important to know what to do in the event that anything ever happens.

    • Hey Mary,
      I can imagine how scared you must be whenever you leave your kids at home with the babysitter and the fireplace.
      Let’s hope that no other kid experiences what I went through.
      Anyway, I agree with you that it is important to know what to do in the event that it happens.

  5. Your post is filled with so much information. I never would have thought about pouring freshly cracked eggs on a burn. I like how you shared that experience. Good to know you got quick relief. Eggs are always good, right? That’s is very enlightening.

    • Yes Carol, eggs are always good.
      I don’t know why the doctor poured eggs on my burn or how it works, but it provided relief.
      I’m glad you found that information helpful.

  6. Oh my! I feel so bad for the people with those burns. Those pictures hurt my heart. So sorry about what happened to you when you were little. I will keep everything that you’ve said in mind. Thank you so much.

    • You’re welcome Stacy.
      I’m happy that my horrible experience will help others manage their burns in the future (hopefully it never happens).

  7. Hey Vanessa, it’s good that you’re not suffering anymore and that you want to help others out. I know that burns can be extremely painful both physically and emotionally. It’s so important to exercise extreme caution in any situation. I too, have never heard about eggs on a burn. I learned a lot here. Thanks Vanessa!

    • You’re welcome Rob.
      I’m glad you found my post helpful.
      I’ll need to research more as to what properties in eggs provides relieve to burns.
      I was too little to understand what was happening, not to even talk about asking the doctor why he used eggs rather than a host of other managements.

  8. Helpful post Pearl! I admire that you always help others by sharing your experience. Most of them ignore the importance of first aid for burns. Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Thanks Kavitha.
      It’s true that most people ignore the importance of first aid burns.
      I know that nobody wishes to get burned, the reason why they ignore education on first aid for burns.
      That’s why I thought that sharing my personal experiences may make them believe that it could happen to anyone no matter the age.

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