Pediatric Burn Treatment Q & A
Does your child have a burn and are you wondering what to do? So long as the burn is minor, we can help here at Ahava Medical & Rehab. Here is our pediatric burn treatment Q & A. Serving patients from Flatbush Brooklyn NY Woodmere NY and Valley Stream, NY.
A minor burn isn’t a big deal for an adult, but for a child, it can be or at least seem like it. It can also be difficult for parents when their child has a burn and they aren’t sure what to do. Minor burns are no problem for an urgent care clinic like Ahava Medical & Rehab, and we’d like to give you a better idea of what to do when your child has a burn, so here’s a bit of a Q&A about pediatric burn treatment!
When is a burn an emergency?
Burns can vary a lot in severity. There are many different kinds of burns that cannot be treated at home or at an urgent care clinic—emergency care at the ER (emergency room) is the only option for such burns, as they may be serious and life-threatening. Take first-aid measures, call 911, and go to the ER if a burn:
- Is in the airway
- Causes difficulty with breathing
- Covers a large part of the body, a major joint of the body, the face, the hands, the feet, the groin, or the buttocks
- Affects the deeper parts of the skin or the deep tissues
- Makes the skin look like it’s leathery
- Has a charred appearance or looks like there are black, brown, or white patches
- Was caused by electricity or a chemical
- Worsens over time
If a burn doesn’t have any of the qualities above, then you may be able to treat the burn yourself or go to urgent care instead. Read on to learn more on this subject.
How long will it take for a burn to go away?
For a common, minor burn, it will usually take three to six days for it to go away. Some burns can take longer to heal, even up to three weeks, and serious, life-threatening burns can take longer to heal even after they’re treated at the ER.
Minor burns can be treated at urgent care so they’ll heal more quickly, and an appointment isn’t necessary at urgent care. Many minor burns should be treated at urgent care to prevent infection and other complications, and you should definitely go to urgent care if:
- There are signs of infection, like redness, swelling, increased pain, or oozing from the wound
- The burn or a blister is large or doesn’t heal in two weeks
- There are any new, unexplained symptoms
- There is significant scarring
If none of the qualities above are present, then it may be possible to treat the burn at home, but professional treatment can still speed up recovery as well as reduce pain and prevent complications.
What should I put on a burn?
Many minor burns can be treated at home, but again, professional treatment can help with the pain and healing. Treatment can and should begin at home and can continue at urgent care. Icing isn’t a good idea, as it can cause further tissue damage. Instead, you should:
- Remove any tight items from around the area before the area swells
- Cool the burn by holding it under cool, not cold, running water, or by applying a cool and wet compress to the area
- Avoid breaking blisters (if a blister breaks, clean the area and call us at our clinic before applying any kind of ointment)
- Apply a lotion (like one with aloe vera, or a moisturizer) after the burn has cooled completely
- Bandage the burn with a sterile gauze bandage (wrap it loosely)
- Consider pain medication
- Consider a tetanus shot for your child
Minor burns can be treated by urgent care with medication, wound dressings, burn creams/ointments, drugs that fight infection, and possibly other simple treatments. We can provide any of these treatments and more right here at Ahava Medical & Rehab!
Do you offer pediatric burn treatment near me?
We likely do! Ahava Medical & Rehab likely has a clinic near you. We have many locations throughout the NY area, so please see our Locations page for the one nearest you, it’s hours of operation, and its address, then come see us at that location. An appointment isn’t necessary and patients of any age are welcome.
We hope you’ve found all this information useful, and we look forward to seeing you and your child soon!