The staff of Panda Pediatrics, located in Washington, D.C.
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Be careful with pots, warm air humidifiers, cooking on the stove, hot cups of coffee and soup on the table, matches, fireplaces and of course electrical outlets. Be aware that exposed surfaces of ovens and radiators are sometimes hot enough to cause burns.
First-degree burns are mild and result in redness, slight swelling, and pain. Sunburns are usually first-degree burns. Second-degree burns cause blistering and more intense swelling and pain. Third-degree burns are serious and life threatening, causing charring and destruction of all the skin layers.
Usually you can treat a first-degree burn yourself by soaking the burned area in cool water for 10 minutes. Keep it clean, dry and free from sun exposure until it heals. Second-degree burns require our attention, particularly if they occur on the face, hands or feet. First, soak the burned area in cold water. When you bring your child to the office, cover the burn with sterile gauze or a clean cloth (not absorbent cotton). Try not to pop the blisters. Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for pain relief.
Third-degree (full-thickness) burns require emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. Call 911 immediately. [HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT'S 1st/2nd/3rd DEGREE?]