How can I handle a scald injury?

How can I handle a scald injury?

If you experience a scald injury, place the injured part under running water or immerse it in cool boiled water for 10 minutes to lower the temperature. Do not put ice directly onto the injured part as this will cause damages to the skin tissue. You can gently remove accessories or clothing around the injured area. Do not remove the clothing adhered to the skin as it may increase the skin damage and increase the chance of infection. Do not apply any oil, toothpaste, butter or cooking sauces over the wound. Do not wrap it in adhesive dressings such as band-aid. Cover the wound with clean cloth or bandage and consult a doctor as soon as possible.

How can I prevent scald injuries?

Do not place teapots, kettles or thermo flasks near the edge of the table or in a place where your child can reach. Put away matches and lighters, warn her about the dangers of playing fire. Do not let your child cook on her own. An example is making cup noodles using hot water. After pouring in hot water, the foam cup is still cool while the content could be very hot. If the foam cup is not strong enough, it can become soft due to high temperature. You child may get scalded if she does not manage to hold the cup firmly.