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What should I do when my child gets a burn?

What you should do when your child gets a burn depends on how severe the burn is.

If your child has a first-degree burn, which will be red and moderately painful, soak the burned area in cool water for at least five minutes and then apply a protective skin product, such as aloe vera or antibiotic ointment.

If your child has a second-degree burn, call your child’s doctor. The burn will be very painful and will likely develop blisters. Soak the burn in cool water for 15 minutes, apply an antibiotic cream and cover the area with a nonstick bandage. Change the bandage daily until the burn heals; this can take several weeks. Check with the doctor for other instructions on treating a second-degree burn.

If your child is suffering from a third-degree burn, her skin will be charred or white, and you should go to the emergency department immediately. While you're on the way to the hospital, cover the burn with a cool, wet, sterile bandage.

Never put ice or ice water on any type of burn.

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