Treatments for Electrical and Thermal Burns in Children

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Caring for a heat-induced or thermal burn:

  • Remove your child from the heat source.
  • Cool the affected area with 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.
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