There are some things that I feel like I should know how to do as a mother - and basic first-aid is one of those things. In the event of an emergency, I want to be the calm, collected mom who knows exactly what to do. So I appreciate getting a "refresher" every once in awhile in the basics.
That's why I hastily agreed to post about treating burns when a PR agency contacted me about Burn Jel Plus, an emergency burn care product created by Water Jel.
First, here's the facts about burns.
"Every 25 seconds, someone in the United States is burned or scalded in their home, and once it happens, every second counts. Scalds are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children from birth to age 4 and account for 60 percent of the burn injuries for children up to age 14. And the most likely place for children under 4 to be burned is right in their own kitchen."
Here's what not to do if your child gets burned:
The use of home remedies such as butter or creams causes more damage by trapping heat and creating a risk for infection. Ice should never be applied to a burn because extreme cold can cause additional tissue injury.
So, you shouldn't use ice, butter, or cream. What about water?
While many parents immediately turn to water when a burn occurs, it has limitations for burn relief and treatment. As heat is transferred from the wound through evaporation, the surface temperature lowers, but heat emanating from deep within the burn rises to counteract the cooling effect of the evaporating liquid, which then requires new application.
Scarring can occur when burned tissue remains at an uneven temperature, meaning rapid and consistent heat transfer is critical.
If possible, it's best to have an emergency burn care gel on-hand in your home. If you don't have a gel, - I did a quick google search - and it appears that the next best thing is running cool (not cold) water over the area. If you think the burn is serious, don't hesitate to call 911.
Burn Jel is widely available at stores including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS for the suggested retail price of $8.99.
You can check the Water Jel website for more first aid and burn safety tips.
WIN IT! Five winners will be selected. Each winner will receive a 4 FL OZ box of Burn Jel Plus. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, May 6 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, May 7. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winners are #107 Meredith Peters, #157 Michelle H, #140 Angie P., #67 Sue Farrell, and #58 Denyse. Congratulations!