Burns

Burns are classified as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how deep and severe they penetrate the skin's surface.

Burns are a type of injury caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or electromagnetic energy. Most burn accidents happen at home.

Burns are classified as first-, second-, or third-degree, depending on how deep and severe they penetrate the skin's surface.

Chemical burns can occur when strong acids or alkalies come in contact with the skin and/or the eyes.

Electrical burns occur when a child comes in contact with electricity, either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC).

Detailed information on emergency treatment of a burn injury

A heat-induced or thermal burn can occur when the skin comes in contact with any heat source, such as a cooking pan, an iron, a fire, a hot surface, or a hot, scalding liquid.

A burn is damage to tissues of the body caused by contact with things such as heat, radiation, or chemicals. A first-degree burn affects only the outer layer of skin (epidermis).

Detailed information on burns, including anatomy, classification, treatment, and prevention

A child who has been burned needs additional calories and protein to help him or her heal and grow.

Most children with burns have pain, which can be controlled with medicine. They also usually experience itching at some point during the healing process.

Here are safety tips: Periodically, check electrical plugs and cords for dirt or fraying. When cooking with hot oil, keep your child a safe distance from the stove. Teach your child to stay away from lighters and matches.

These are reasons to call your child's healthcare provider after a burn: signs of infection, uncontrollable itching, or a scar that cracks open or splits.

Agitated behavior such as crying, sleep disturbances and nightmares, and repeated episodes of sadness are signs that your child may be having difficulty coping with stress.

Your child's burn care and emotional recovery will continue when you leave the hospital. Along with the excitement, you and your child may also feel uneasy about what will happen next.

Most second- and third-degree burns cause scarring. Physical therapists will work with your child to prevent or reduce scarring.

Detailed information for helping your child if he/she has difficulty adjusting following a burn injury

Your child may come home with unhealed areas that still require dressing changes. You will be instructed on how to change dressings before you leave the hospital.

A burn is damage to tissues of the body caused by contact with things such as heat, radiation, or chemicals. A second-degree burn affects the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and part of the inner layer of skin (dermis).

Detailed information on burns, including anatomy, classification, treatment, and prevention

A burn is damage to tissues of the body caused by contact with things such as heat, radiation, or chemicals. A third-degree burn damages affects the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the inner layer of skin (dermis). A child with a third-degree burn needs immediate medical care.

The skin is the body's largest organ. It serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection.

Know the types of burns you can get and how to keep you and your family safe.

Protect your child from the sun. Up to 80% of total lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life.

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