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What is it?
Children often get burned by hot water or appliances such as the iron, heater or stove. A light burn will cause red skin, pain and a blister. More serious burns remove the top layer of skin completely.

What to do

Run water over the burn to cool it – don’t apply butter or ice. It is okay to offer paracetamol if your child is in pain. Consult a doctor immediately if the clothing is stuck to the burn, and don’t try to rip it off. Get medical help if the burn is on the face, hands or feet, if it is big or deep, or if the baby is under a year old.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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