Don’t Forget Burn Treatments in Your First Aid Kit

Avani V. Kanubaddi, President & CEO of Welmedix

Compelling evidence shows that families need to be more prepared than ever to treat household burns. However, this is often overlooked by parents and health care advocates when considering first aid kit preparation.

According to the latest data available from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, posted on the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website, one of the leading causes of accidental injury at home is burns.

Toddlers and young children are particularly susceptible to burns at home. Burns caused by scalding or a home heat source such as stoves, barbeque grills and heaters are common sources of home burns. The majority of children ages four and under, who are hospitalized for burn-related injuries, suffer from scald burns (65 percent) or contact burns (20 percent) at home. Even something seemingly as benign as hot tap water can cause serious burns among kids at home.

Despite these compelling statistics, effective burn treatments often fail to make it onto the list of recommended remedies for home first aid kits.

The most common recommendations for home first aid kits include:

  • Dressings and Bandages

  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets

  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

  • 1 blanket (space blanket)

  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

  • 1 instant cold compress

  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)

  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

  • Scissors

  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)

  • Tweezers

  • First aid instruction booklet

Source: The American Red Cross

These are all important items to be sure, but this list includes nothing to provide relief of common household burns, says Welmedix, a leading Over the Counter healthcare products company and developer of FirstDegree burn care products specifically designed to soothe the pain of common household burns and reduce the scarring associated with such burns.

Parents nationwide are adding First Degree to their home first aid kits to be assured that they are prepared for household burns.

Nationally syndicated radio host and author Delilah Luke (Delilah’s Dilemma), and mother of 7 children at home endorses FirstDegree as an important and effective home remedy for her family. “If one of my kids got burned by the grill this summer, I’d reach for FirstDegree to soothe the pain, help to heal the burn. Remember, burns happen, so be prepared with FirstDegree Burn Cream, available at Wal-Mart,” she said.

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