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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:

Watch this video, in which a child is treated for a burn, and remind yourself of the key steps below.


Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

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Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled, the less the impact of the injury.


After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.

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This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. Cling film or plastic bags provide an ideal covering because they don't stick to the burn and reduce pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.


Call 999 if necessary.

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The burn may need urgent medical treatment. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child that has been burned.


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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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