Heat or thermal burns
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.
Caring for a heat-induced or thermal burn:
- Stop the burning process--remove all affected clothing, diapers, shoes, etc.
- Remove the child from the heat source
- Cool the affected area with cool, but not cold, water or cold compresses until pain is reduced or alleviated.
- If a blister has formed, do not break it
- Protect the burn with a dry, sterile, gauze bandage or with a clean bed sheet or cloth
- If your child's clothing is stuck to the burned area, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, cut around the clothing leaving the burn intact.
- Do not apply any ointments, oils, or sprays to the burned area
If the burn is serious, seek medical attention or dial 911 for emergency medical attention.