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How to Treat Minor Burns

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Children are genuinely everywhere – and into everything. Parents can almost never know what is going to happen from day to day, and injuries are inevitable. Because children are curious and growing fast, you genuinely need to be prepared for everything. Your home's first aid kit should be well-stocked, especially in the event of minor burns.

Mild burns will look like sunburns, and anything more serious will be much worse. Even in these cases, injuries should be treated immediately. The first step in treating a mild burn at home is to soak it. Put the burned area in cool water under a faucet, but make sure that the water is not cold. Do not use ice to soak burns. Keep it in water for at least five minutes, and up to 15 minutes. In the process, make sure to remove any burned clothing. If it is stuck to the skin, cut the cloth around – do not peel the fabric from the burn.

After you've soaked the burn, it needs to be covered. Use nonstick gauze or merely clean cloth to wrap a burn. Apply an antibiotic ointment only if the wound is mild. If there are blisters, these should not be popped. Do not apply grease, butter or anything else onto the burn. Make sure it is entirely wrapped so that children do not have anything to pick or poke at while it heals.

Even mild burns will cause children much discomfort. Make sure that they take a pain reliever as their injuries heal. Use a child or infant-strength pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. Your child should rest after immediate treatment and wrapping to help the healing process. Let them rest and even mild burns will pass as another childhood accident.

Remember, if the burn is moderate to severe, do not just consult resources from your doctor like pediatric care online, Call 9-1-1 immediately if the burn covers more than 10 percent of the child's body, or was caused by chemicals or electric shock. These are second to third-degree burns and need medical attention. They often become red and infected, common symptoms being redness, tenderness, and swelling. Do not hesitate – go immediately to your doctor or local emergency room.

Childhood is a time of growing and learning. Accidents happen, and even though they are inevitable, it is essential that these accidents are taken care of immediately. For any home, first aid advice, see your child's doctor.

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