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How to Treat a Burn on a Toddler

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Treat a Burn on a Toddler
Protect your toddler's skin from burn damage by treating it promptly. Photo Credit Nadezhda1906/iStock/Getty Images

Toddlers most often receive first-degree burns from touching hot items, unaware of the risk, but may also face situations where they experience more serious burns. AskDrSears.com classifies a first degree burn as redness with no blistering that will not leave a scar when properly treated. Second degree burns turn red, blister and are very painful but will not scar if treated properly. Third degree burns, the most serious type of burn, affects several layers of skin and causes scarring even when properly treated. Burns from harsh chemicals, such as lye and acids, typically look like a sunburn. Only first degree burns should be treated completely at home. Other burn degrees require a trip to a physician or an emergency room. All burns require immediate attention to prevent further damage.

Step 1

Remove your toddler from the source of the burn immediately.

Step 2

Submerge the burned area in cool water, place the area under cold running water or apply cold cloths to the area for at least 20 minutes if the toddler receives a first or second degree burn. First degree burns turn the skin red, while second degree result in blotchy, blistery, red marks on the skin.

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Step 3

Pat the area dry with a clean cloth and place a sterile bandage from a sealed package loosely over the burn. Use a piece of gauze or a clean cloth if you do not have a bandage.

Step 4

Administer an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief. Follow the package guidelines.

Step 5

Spread a layer of 100 percent aloe vera gel over first degree burns.

Step 6

Spread a layer of antiseptic ointment over the area if it begins to blister.

Step 7

Cover the area every daily with a new bandage and a layer of antiseptic ointment or aloe vera gel.

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