Burns and Scalds

Burns and Scalds

Minor burns can be successfully treated with homoeopathy, but we advise you to look out for the following factors in the case of children’s burns:

1 What caused the burn? Was it a faulty electrical appliance, hot objectsand liquids, chemicals or fire?

2 Where is the bun?

3 How great an area of skin has been burned?

4 Which degree is the burn?

A First-degree burns redden the skin but do not lead to blistering.

B Second degree burns include the formation of blisters as well as rednesswith pain

C Third-degree burns affect deeper layers of the skin, they can be painless

but this means the nerves may be damaged.

FIRST-DEGREE BURNS

urens

ordinary sumbanin

Urtica urens is an excellent remedy to give internally for simple burns and scalds. It can also be very effective when applied externally for sunburns.

Potency and Repetition

For minor burns and scalds give Urtica urens 6 every 15 minutes for five or six doses. For sunburns, soak the area with a lotion of Urtica urens mother tincture. This lotion should be prepared by adding 20 drops of the tincture to half a cup of cooled boiled, distilled or mineral water.

SECOND-AND THIRD-DEGREE BURNS

Cantharis

♦ for burns where there are blisters

very painful burns

Cantharis is extremely effective where there is blistering and/or the burning is extremely painful and the child is very restless. It should be given immediately, not only in the case of second-degree but also third-degree burns, while you are waiting for additional help to arrive. It will help lessen the pain.

Potency and Repetition

Cantharis 30 every 15 minutes for five or six doses.

ALL BURNS WHERE THE SKIN IS BROKEN

Calendula

+ bums where blisters have broken, with or without pus

Calendula can be given internally as well as externally (see point 3 below for external use) when the blisters caused by burns have broken. This remedy is very effective in healing the skin and helping prevent infection

Potency and Repetition

Give three doses of Calendula 6 daily for three days.

NEVER BEEN WELL SINCE A BURN

Causticurn

Causticum is a good remedy to give where there are areas of skin or scars that remain painful after the burns have healed,

Potency and Repetition

Three doses of Causticum 30 a day for two to three days.

EXTERNAL AND COMMON-SENSE MEASURES

1 Remove any clothing from the burned area. If it is difficult to remove completely, cut away as much clothing as you can.

2 Apply a lotion of Urtica urens mother tincture (see above, page 27). Keep the area moist with this. Soak any clothing you have not been able to remove from the burn as well Do not use cotton wool on open areas as it may stick to the wound

3 When the blisters break open, apply a lotion of Calendula mother tincture (prepared in the same way as the Urtica lotion).

4 If the burn was caused by a faulty electrical appliance, unplug the unit before moving your child.

5 For chemical burns, wash with cold running water, then treat as above.

6 Do not break blisters.

WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP

1 If the burn covers a large area of skin

2 For large second-degree burns to the hands, face, feet, ears, or genitals.

Seek help also for burns to the eyes

3 Go to the hospital or call an ambulance immediately for any third-degree burns. These burns can cause fluid loss, so get your child to drink, if at all

possible, while you wait for help.

4 If your child is short of breath

5 Burns due to chemicals, acids, or caustic sodas

6 Electrical burns