Home Treatment For Burns

By | July 11, 2014


Immediate Home Treatment For Burns is really quite simple, but it is very easy to panic under these sometime adverse conditions.

It may be a child who needs help and other children may be involved or distressed.

It’s important to calm the patient and cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

Check that the water is COLD (and not hot)

Follow the advice below and watch the short video:

  • Cool the skin with running cool or tepid water for at least 10 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury happening. This will prevent the burn getting worse.
  • Do not use ice, iced water, creams, or greasy substances (such as butter) to soothe the burn.
  • Remove any clothes or jewellery from around the burn, unless they are sticking to it.
  • Cover the burn using strips of cling film. A clean plastic bag is suitable to use for burns on your hand.
  • If the burn is painful, taking a mild painkiller, such as paracetamol can help. However, always check the packaging to make sure that you take the correct dosage and never give aspirin to children under 16 years of age.
  • Do not interfere with the burn, or break any blisters. If the burn is very painful, or seems to be getting worse.

This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid – an easy way to learn basic first aid skills, featuring real people in real-life scenarios.



If you’re in any doubt seek further medical assistance. Deep, or large burns, or burns to the face, hands, or across joints, must always be checked by a doctor and may require hospital treatment.