Burns & Lacerations

The most common cause of childhood burns is scalding.

Common Causes of Burns: Adults and Children

Burns are unfortunately common injuries for people of all ages. Here's a breakdown of frequent causes:

  • Scalding: Hot liquids (beverages, cooking water, bathwater) are a major culprit for both children and adults.
  • Touching Hot Objects: Stoves, ovens, hair styling tools, space heaters – these pose risks across age groups.
  • Chemicals: Household cleaners, industrial chemicals, batteries. Skin contact, eye exposure, or accidental ingestion are all concerns.
  • Electricity: Faulty wiring, appliances, or carelessness near outlets can lead to electrical burns.
  • Sunburn Prolonged sun exposure without protection is a risk factor for everyone.

Understanding Burn Severity

Doctors classify burns by how deeply they damage the skin:

  • First-degree: Redness, pain, swelling. Affects the outermost skin layer.
  • Second-degree: Blistering, more intense pain. Damage extends to deeper layers.
  • Third-degree: Most severe. Skin appears white, waxy, leathery, or charred. Possible nerve damage reduces initial pain.

What to Do After a Burn

  1. Remove from danger: Stop contact with the burning source immediately.
  1. Severe burns (second/third-degree): Seek emergency or urgent care at Night Watch. Call ahead whenever possible.
  1. Minor burns (first-degree): Often treatable at home with cool water, aloe vera, over-the-counter pain relief. Avoid greasy lotions.
  1. Chemical burns: Flush with cool water then get to urgent care ASAP, regardless of severity.

When to ALWAYS See a Doctor

  • Second/third-degree burns: Require professional care to prevent infection and scarring.
  • Infected burns: Look for oozing, pus, increased redness, or fever.
  • Any chemical burn: To the skin, eyes, or if swallowed
  • Large burns: If the burn covers a significant area of the body, even if it seems minor.

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