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burns

Watch the video, in which Gemma is treated for a burn.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who has been burned.

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.

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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. It’s an ideal covering because it doesn’t stick to the burn and reduces pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.

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If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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The burn may need urgent medical treatment. If you’re in any doubt, seek medical advice and always call 999 if a child has been burned.

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