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Salt and ice challenge

Dangerous internet craze, the 'salt and ice challenge': How to treat a salt and ice burn

The latest social media craze sees children taking part in the 'salt and ice challenge'. It involves placing a salt and ice mixture on their skin that results in a painful burn. We of course do not condone this dangerous activity, which is anything but a 'challenge'. If someone has suffered a burn, make sure that they are treated immediately with our first aid advice.

If someone has suffered a burn:

  • 1. Make sure they are treated immediately by running the affected area under cool water for at least 10 minutes or until the pain feels better.
  • 2. Do not use ice, gels or creams as they can damage tissues and increase risk of infection.
  • 3. Once the burn has cooled, cover it with kitchen film.
  • 4. If the burn is on the face, hands, feet, or larger than the size of the person’s hand, seek further medical advice.

Download our poster: How to treat a burn or scald