We champion the spirit of adventure in all children!

That's why, together with our first aid expert Anna Webb*, we created a 'First aid for parents' hub to help you to treat those inevitable bumps and scrapes or anything else that might come your way!

We cover a range of common mishaps, including cuts, grazes & burns, as well as more severe accidents, such as choking or treating an unconscious child.

*Anna Webb does not endorse any medicinal brand or product. 

Cuts & grazes treatment

Though treating your child's first cut or cut might be upsetting, unfortunately, as your child begins to explore the world around them, the odd cut or graze is to be expected so you will soon get used to treating them. If your little one comes to you with a bump or graze, follow the next 5 steps to treat it:

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Burns treatment

Though burns and scalds are less common in very young children as they tend to not be in the kitchen, cooking in the way that adults do, accidents happen. If your child gets a burn, follow the next three steps to treat it:

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Burns - FAQs

Why is cooling the burn important?

Cooling the burn is important because it helps reduce pain and lowers the risk of long-term scarring.

Can I use a shower or cold bath to cool a burn?

A shower is a good way of flooding the burn with cold water to help the cooling. Focus the water on the site of the burn rather than the whole limb or body. The water should be cold and at low pressure. Avoid putting their whole body under a cold shower or in a cold bath as it could induce hypothermia.

Should I cool the burn first for 10 minutes or go straight to hospital?

Cool the burn under cold running water immediately and for at least 10 minutes. If you think the burn is severe enough for medical assistance, call 999 while you are cooling the burn. Continue to cool the burn until the ambulance arrives.

If clothes are stuck to the burn, should I try to remove them?

No, don’t try to remove anything that is stuck to the burn as it may cause more damage. You can remove clothing that is near the burn but not stuck to it.

What should I do if the burn is still painful after I have cooled it for ten minutes and covered it with cling film?

Burns will often be painful even after cooling them. You can give an appropriate dose of painkillers (paracetamol-based syrup) and reassure them to help them remain calm. Applying a soothing gel such as the Savlon Advanced Healing Gel will also help. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child who has been burned.

How do I know when to go to hospital?

If a baby or child has been burnt, seek medical advice, making sure you cool their burn for at least 10 minutes first. Even small burns can be potentially life-threatening to a baby or child, so always seek medical advice by calling 111 or 999 if you think the burn is serious enough.

Choking in children over 1 years old

Young children will often put objects in their mouth, as it’s their natural way of exploring the world around them.

You should always keep small objects such as buttons, coins or batteries out of reach of children but sometimes, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, small enquiring hands will find something that they shouldn’t and swallow it. If you suspect that your child is choking, follow the next three steps in order:

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Choking - FAQs

How hard should the back blows be?

You should change the force of the back blows depending on the size of the child. Be much gentler with a smaller child than with a larger child. The force you use to deliver the back blows should also be relative to your own strength. The back blows need to be hard enough to dislodge the blockage.

How will I know that the blockage has definitely cleared?

On most occasions, you will see it coming out of their mouth and the child will start to breathe again. You can also ask them if they are feeling better and they will let you know whether the blockage has cleared or not.

Is it a good idea to give a choking child a glass of water or something to eat?

No, it’s not a good idea as it will not dislodge the blockage and may make the situation worse by causing a further blockage. 

What happens if the blockage goes down into the lung rather than coming out of the mouth?

This can be dealt with in the hospital. It’s not ideal, but the important thing is that the airway is clear so the child can breathe again.

Should I try to pull the object out with my fingers?

Do not put your finger into their mouth if you cannot see an object. You risk pushing any blockage further down or damaging the back of the throat, which could swell and cause further harm.

However, if you can clearly see an object in a child’s mouth and you are able to pluck it out safely with your fingertips, you could do so.

What should I do if a child becomes unconscious and stops breathing?

If a child becomes unconscious and stops breathing normally or stops breathing completely you will need to begin CPR.

If a child is choking, should I hold them upside down by their feet?

No, this is not effective. You may cause further injury if you happen to drop them. The action of tipping them upside down may also move the object further down their throat.

Discovery of an unconscious child who IS breathing

If a child is not moving and does not respond when you call them or gently shake their shoulders, they are unresponsive.

This can be very scary but do your best to stay calm and call 999. Whilst you wait for an ambulance, follow the next important three steps:

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Discovery of an unconscious child who IS NOT breathing

if a child is not moving and does not respond when you call them or gently shake their shoulders, they are unresponsive.

This can be very scary but do your best to stay calm and call 999. Whilst you wait for an ambulance, follow the next important three steps:

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Download & keep this guide to stay prepared

We have put all of this information into a booklet for you to refer to next time a mishap happens. Print it off and keep it within your first aid kit for ease or have a look through our Savlon Guides to learn more!

Explore the Savlon range

Life should be lived to the fullest and enjoyed. And if mishaps happen along the way Savlon is always by your side.

Savlon Antiseptic Cream


Cleanse your skin and help prevent infection.

Savlon Advanced Healing Gel

Promotes faster healing and helps reduce the likelihood of scarring. 

Savlon Dual Action Gel


Relieves pain and helps prevent infection.

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Savlon Bites & Stings Pain Relief Gel

Relief from insect bites and stings.

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