About 2 decades ago when I was a house-officer in Paediatric (child health) Surgery, I dreaded Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This was simply because you could tell the future without any anointing; many children will be rushed there because they had sustained various degrees of burns.
Most homes cook in large quantities over the weekend and innocent children were allowed to play in the kitchen or area where the cooking was done. Invariably a number of children fell into cooking pots, had huge volumes of soup pour on them and many other unimaginable things. It was sad, frightening and yet annoying but you needed to work fast to save lives. Burns are one of the commonest household injuries especially for children.
The kitchen or cooking area is not an extension of a child’s play zone. Avoid it!!!
A burn is damage to the skin or deeper tissues caused by sun, hot liquids, extreme cold, fire, electricity, friction, radiation or chemicals. You can tell from this list that you should never pour cold water on a burn from hot water, you may end up worsening the situation. Double Burns!
TYPES OF BURNS
A First-Degree burn usually involves the outermost layer of skin while a Second-Degree burn is deeper, very red, blistered and extremely painful. A Third-Degree burn as you can imagine is very serious and involves all layers of the skin and can cause permanent damage. You definitely need a healthcare professional to handle this.
It is highly recommended that you stop the burning process by pouring cool (not cold or ice) water over the affected area for about 15 minutes or till pain sensation reduces significantly. This even applies to chemical burns. Then loosely wrap the affected area with a clean cloth or a sterile bandage. Then you may take a painkiller and seek medical care where necessary. Let us avoid the practice of applying concoctions such as honey with tomatoes, garlic, eggs and other ingredients that eventually create a buffet over the burn. THESE CONCOCTIONS WORSEN the outcome and you will have caused more damage.
Accidents do happen but we can reduce our risk by following these steps and many more
This is only a peek into burns and we will re-visit it occasionally. For this week if you feel a burning sensation while you urinate or a burning sensation in your chest after a meal we will ask you to be patient and seek medical care now. We will soon address your concerns as well.
AS ALWAYS LAUGH OFTEN, WALK AND PRAY EVERYDAY AND REMEMBER IT’S A PRICELESS GIFT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI)
Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel
Health Essentials/Mobissel/St Andrews Clinic
*Dr. Kojo Essel is a medical doctor, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy, fitness nutrition and corrective exercise.
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