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 p4rocess. 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.