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5 Ways to Treat a Burn Injury Quickly

Getting burned is an awful experience for children, and that is why parents need to be ready to treat these injuries as quickly as possible. Understanding how to treat burns will reduce your child’s risk of infections and permanent scars. Here is a look at five of the most effective ways to take care of burns and a few signs that you should immediately seek out medical attention.

Run the Burn under Cool Water

Immediately running cool water over a burn is the most effective way to prevent further complications. When you are running water over the injury, you should make sure that it isn’t too cold. Exposing a burn to extremely cold temperatures for too long could damage the nerves and cause frostbite.

Cover the Area

Once the burn is clean and the pain has started to subside, you then need to cover the injured flesh. Burns are especially susceptible to germs, and any bacteria that gets into the wound could cause an infection. These injuries should only be covered with fabric that has been properly sterilized and stored in a clean location.

Use Over-the-Counter Painkillers

As long as the burn isn’t too serious, any lingering pain can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. If those products don’t stop the pain, then you must immediately contact a doctor. Parents also need to consider contacting an attorney from a firm like Alexander Law Group for more severe burns. These injuries often require weeks of treatment, and the at-fault party might be legally responsible for some or all of those expenses.

Clean the Area

Every few hours, you will need to thoroughly clean the burn and change the bandages. Unless you have been given different instructions by a doctor, you should clean the damaged tissue with mild antibacterial soap and lukewarm water. The area must be completely dry before putting the bandages back on. Trapping too much moisture next to the wound will increase your child’s risk of an infection.

Apply Antibiotic Ointment

Some antibiotic products can cause allergic reactions, so you should only use a small amount before covering the entire wound. Petroleum jelly and aloe vera don’t have antibiotics in them, and either would be a good option if your child has sensitive skin. The cream needs to be applied once or twice a day to keep the wound clean and slightly moist.

Even a relatively minor burn can turn into a serious health problem if it isn’t treated immediately. All parents must spend some time familiarizing themselves with these treatment options so that their children can avoid unwanted health complications.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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