Most minor burns will heal on
their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your
symptoms and promote healing. But if you suspect you may have a more severe
injury, use first-aid measures while you arrange for an evaluation by your
If you are
going to see your doctor soon:
You may be able to treat second-degree burns at home.
First-degree burns and minor second-degree burns can be painful. Try the
following to help relieve your pain:
Talk to your child?s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Some doctors suggest using skin lotions,
such as Vaseline Intensive Care or Lubriderm, on first-degree burns or
second-degree burns that have unbroken healing skin. These skin lotions can be
used to relieve itching but should not be used if the burns have fluid weeping
from them or have fresh scabs. An antihistamine, such as Benadryl or
Chlor-Trimeton, can also help stop the itching. Read and follow any warning on
When a first-degree burn or minor second-degree burn is
2 to 3 days old, using the juice from an aloe leaf can help the burn heal and
feel better. Applying the aloe juice may sting at first contact.
It is important to protect a burn while it is healing.
Do not smoke. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood
supply and delays tissue repair. For more information, see the topic
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
Burn ointment and band aid.
See a doctor right away if the burn is severely blistered, is larger than the palm of your child's hand, or is on his face, hand, eye area or a joint, neck, genitals, or feet; also seek medical help if you notice signs of infection (persistent swelling, pain, pus, or fever).
Other minor burns caused by scalding water, touching a hot pan, or a light bulb should be treated in the following manner (act quickly to minimize the pain and prevent blistering and scarring, which can occur even with a smaller burn):
1. Gently remove your child's clothing (if necessary) and immediately hold the injured area under cool running water for at least 15 minutes, to help cool it down, or apply a clean, cold compress. Don't put ice directly onto the skin -- it'll only aggravate the condition.
2. Pat skin dry with a clean towel. After about 30 minutes, cover the burn very loosely with sterile, non-adhesive gauze and a bit of tape and change the dressing twice a day until the wound has healed.
3. If blisters form, don't pop them (they guard against infection). Also, don't apply any type of ointment, antibiotic salve, butter, aloe, Vitamin E oil, or moisturizing lotion unless a doctor advises you to do so.
4. Check with your pediatrician on how to relieve swelling or pain; she may suggest that you give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen, depending on her age. Minor burns should be healed in under a week.
Idk, bump. I hope it feels better soon.
Working in a kitchen where we get burned from time to time on the hot oil.. I was told to put a pickle on it... weird I know.. but it does help to take the sting out.
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