Children Burn Treatment

Chemical Burns

If a chemical substance has burned your child’s skin, flush the area with cool water for at least five minutes before removing any clothes — this will prevent you from exposing any other parts of your child’s body to chemicals. Then continue flushing the area with water for up to 20 minutes. If the chemical is a powder, brush it off the skin before flushing the area with water.

Treatments

Step 1 – Remove any clothes from the injured area.
Step 2 – Run cool water or place a clean cool wet cloth over the injured area for at least five minutes or until your child’s pain subside.
Step 3 – Gently pat the skin dry and cover it loosely with a nonstick sterile bandage or gauze to protect the skin.
Step 4 – Give pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) if required.

Do NOT apply ice, butter, or powder to the injury since this could aggravate it.
Do NOT break any blisters since this makes the wound more vulnerable to infection.
Do NOT give ibuprofen to babies under six months.

Recovery period – Watch for signs of infection — redness, fever, swelling, or oozing. You may also avoid exposing the injured area to direct sunlight for several months to prevent your child’s skin from becoming discolored.

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