First-degree burns, usually caused by brief contact with heat, can cause redness, pain and some swelling.

Second-degree burns are more severe and usually result in blisters and more intense redness.

Third-degree burns are the deepest and may be painless due to nerve damage.

What to Do?


If you can not get the child to a hospital right away or must wait for an ambulance, begin this treatment.

1. Remove clothing from the burned areas, except clothing stuck to the skin.

2. Run cool (not cold) water over the burn until the pain lessens.

3. Lightly apply a gauze bandage if it’s small first degree burn.


Seek Emergency Medical Care If

I. It’ this a second or third degree burn

II. The burned area is large (cover the area with a clean, soft cloth or towel).

III. The burn came from a fire, an electrical wire or socket, or chemicals


IV. The burn is on the face, scalp, hands, or genitals

V. The burn looks infected (with swelling, us, or increasing redness or red streaking of the skin near the wound)